The Springboks have slumped to their lowest world ranking in history.
The new rankings by World Rugby shows that South Africa are taking up the 7th spot, the two time World Champions lowest ranking position. Wales jumped to sixth place after the win over Ireland and
In the grand scheme of things rating points would ordinarily take a back seat to world record attempts and back-to-back Grand Slam bids, but for France and Wales the result of their match on Saturday, a couple of hours before England go for glory against Ireland in Dublin, will be of the utmost importance given the proximity of the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw.
Wales’ stirring 22-9 victory over Ireland has put them virtually one rating point behind Ireland (1.02) in the World Rugby Rankings, knowing that victory in Paris could potentially result in them moving into the world’s top four – and the first band of seeds for the RWC 2019 draw on 10 May – if Ireland lose points against England in Dublin.
Here is the current rankings: