More joy for Irish

Ireland have moved up to fifth place in the latest IRB World Rankings, following their dramatic win over the Poms in the Six Nations.

The world champions have dropped to sixth thanks to three defeats in this year’s championship.

Italy drop one place to 12th as a result of Scotland’s Six Nations victory over the Azzurri in Rome.

France, crowned Six Nations champions this weekend, remain in third, while Wales, beaten by the French in Cardiff, stay seventh behind England.

In the European Nations Cup, Romania defeated Portugal 27-3 in Lisbon and move up two places to 13th. Portugal remain in 18th, but are now just 0.21 ratings points ahead of Tonga.

IRB RANKINGS – TOP 10

1 (1) New Zealand 93.32
2 (2) South Africa 88.76
3 (3) France 85.95
4 (4) Australia 83.93
5 (6) Ireland 82.74
6 (5) England 80.59
7 (7) Wales 78.64
8 (8) Scotland 77.70
9 (9) Argentina 75.16
10 (10) Samoa 73.97