Wales move above Scotland in the World Rugby Rankings following Saturday's result in the NatWest 6 Nations, while Brazil climb to their highest-ever position of 25th after historic win over Chile in the Americas Rugby Championship.
Wales have improved their World Rugby Ranking by one place and moved up to sixth, following their 34-7 bonus-point win over Scotland in the opening game of this year’s 6 Nations in Cardiff on Saturday. Watch the highlight HERE
The bonus-point victory – their first since the competition adopted the bonus points system last year – was worth 1.35 rating points, improving Wales’ overall points tally to 83.43, just under four tenths less than South Africa, who take Scotland’s place in fifth. Scotland drop to seventh after the defeat.
Johnny Sexton’s last-gasp drop goal in Paris not only kept Ireland’s Grand Slam dream alive but also saw them pick up just under half a rating point to boost their tally to 86.86.
The gap between themselves in third and second-placed England is now down to a fraction over four points. England did not gain anything from a rankings perspective for their clinical 46-15 win over Italy in Rome, due to the 19.62-point differential between the sides before kick-off. Highlights Italy v England
France’s 15-13 home loss to Ireland has seen them fall to their lowest-ever position of 10th since the rankings were introduced in October 2003 - Fiji replace them in ninth to equal their highest-ever ranking.
Los Teros stay 18th with Canada three places further back in 21st.
Brazil, however, enjoyed big gains thanks to their 16-14 win over Chile in the first round of the Americas Rugby Championship – their first on Chilean soil. The victory was worth 1.56 points and lifts them up to an all-time high of 25th, above Chile, Germany and the Netherlands. Portugal also profited, despite not playing, by moving up to 24th as a result of Chile's two-place fall to 26th.
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