Rugby World Cup 2023 got off to a pulsating start this weekend with several changes to the top 20 in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.
England, Australia and Wales all climb two places, while Georgia have gone the other way to the benefit of both Samoa and Italy.
Ireland stay top – but only just – after South Africa fell one point a short of the margin of victory needed to replace them there.
A record 82-8 win over Romania safeguarded Ireland’s rating of 91.82 points but that would have been bettered by South Africa had they managed to beat Scotland by more than 15 points.
Instead, the Springboks were just thankful to get through a hard-fought encounter with an 18-3 win, which leaves them just 0.15 points adrift of Ireland in the rankings.
France and New Zealand stay in third and fourth place after Les Bleus came out on top when the sides met in the opening fixture in Paris on Friday.