Poms slump to fifth

England are fifth in the world rankings after their shock defeat to the Scots in Edinburgh.

The world champions, who slumped to sixth post the 2003 victory, worked their way up to fourth after beating Australia in the Autumn internationals. Saturday’s setback has put them back to fifth.

Scotland’s win gives them a ranking high, in points, but does not shift their position. They remain in eighth place behind Wales and Ireland.

New Zealand are ranked one and South Africa two.

1 (1) New Zealand 93.32
2 (2) South Africa 88.76
3 (3) France 84.44
4 (5) Australia 83.93
5 (4) England 82.74
6 (7) Ireland 81.08
7 (6) Wales 80.35
8 (8) Scotland 77.04
9 (9) Argentina 75.16
10 (10) Samoa 73.97