England drop down rankings

England have dropped out of the top four of the IRB world rankings ahead of their clash with the Springboks.

The Poms went down 28-14 to Australia on Saturday and this could be crucial in their bid to be among the top seeds ahead of the 2011 World Cup draw. Argentina take over at four after their win over Italy and if the Pumas beat Ireland this weekend, coupled with a Bok victory over England, it will cement their spot.

With the draw for the 2011 World Cup imminent, the Tests over the next couple of weekends will ensure extra incentive for teams to climb up the world rankings.

The seedings for the World Cup in New Zealand will be gauged on the rankings released on 1 December.

IRB World Rankings:

1 New Zealand  92.41 rating points

2 South Africa  88.45

3 Australia 86.70

4 Argentina  82.82

5 England  82.11

6 France 80.13

7 Wales 79.58

8 Ireland  77.18

9 Scotland 76.76

10 Fiji 75.24