Boks leapfrogged

France are now second on the world rankings following their four-try-to-one win against the Springboks.

It is the first time that France have risen as high as No 2. They overtake South Africa, who drop one place to third ahead of Australia, whose impressive win against Ireland consolidates their place at fourth.

Lower down the rankings table, Fiji’s close win over Samoa in the IRB Pacific 5 Nations takes them above Italy into 11th place, now just one behind the Samoans at 10.

Maybe Argentina AND Fiji should be included in an extended Six Nations?

WORLD RANKINGS (Top 12)

1. New Zealand 93.32
2. France 87.53
3. South Africa 87.18
4. Australia 85.59
5. Ireland 82.01
6. England 79.66
7. Scotland 77.72
8. Argentina 77.49
9. Wales 76.34
10. Samoa 73.39
11. Fiji 72.79
12. Italy 72.11