World Cup - Wales tumble in world rankings

Tue, 25 Oct 08:52:00 2011

Wales have dropped two places in the International Rugby Board's latest world rankings, despite their World Cup heroics.

2011 Rugby World Cup Wales Sam Warburton - 0

Warren Gatland's men reached the last four in New Zealand and almost shaded France for a place in the final, despite playing over an hour with 14 men following the early dismissal of captain Sam Warburton.

Their performances have not aided their ranking, though, and they are the only side in the top 10 to fall down the ladder, slipping from sixth to eighth. Champions New Zealand remain top, with Australia second, France third and South Africa fourth, while England complete an unchanged top five.

Ireland rise a place to sixth, as do seventh-placed Argentina, then come the Welsh, Tonga and Scotland in 10th.

World Rankings:

1 (1) NEW ZEALAND 91.43

2 (2) AUSTRALIA 87.42

3 (3) FRANCE 84.70

4 (4) SOUTH AFRICA 84.34

5 (5) ENGLAND 81.58

6 (7) IRELAND 80.65

7 (8) ARGENTINA 80.28

8 (6) WALES 80.18

9 (9) TONGA 76.63

10 (10) SCOTLAND 76.20

11 (11) SAMOA 75.81

12 (12) ITALY 73.99

13 (13) CANADA 72.92

14 (14) GEORGIA 71.09

15 (15) JAPAN 70.45

16 (16) FIJI 68.78

17 (17) USA 65.63

18 (18) ROMANIA 63.98

19 (19) NAMIBIA 61.24

20 (20) PORTUGAL 60.67

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