Poms in free fall

France’s 31-6 thrashing of England has seen the world champions slip even further behind in the world rankings.

England now lie less than one rating point ahead of Ireland, their opponents in the last round of Six Nations matches.

An Irish victory in the last-ever Six Nations game at Lansdowne Road, over Scotland, doesn’t see them move up the rankings, but it leaves them and France as the only realistic winners of this year’s competition.

Italy’s dramatic draw against Wales in Cardiff edges them above Fiji into 11th.

IRB RANKINGS:

1 (1) New Zealand 93.32
2 (2) South Africa 88.76
3 (3) France 85.24
4 (4) Australia 83.93
5 (5) England 81.95
6 (6) Ireland 81.38
7 (7) Wales 79.35
8 (8) Scotland 76.74
9 (9) Argentina 75.16
10 (10) Samoa 73.97
11 (12) Italy 73.28
12 (11) Fiji 73.11
13 (13) USA 68.31
14 (14) Canada 67.42
15 (15) Romania 67.18
16 (16) Uruguay 66.27
17 (17) Japan 65.93
18 (19) Georgia 64.78
19 (18) Portugal 63.67
20 (20) Tonga 62.04