Wales move up despite loss

Wales are the only movers in the top 10 of the world rankings – even though the All Blacks gave them a 29-9 hiding.

The Dragons swap places with France, who also went down this weekend, 18-13 to Australia. The Springboks’ record-breaking win over England at Twickenham has seen them close the gap on the All Blacks, but they are still a long way behind the No 1 ranked team, while Australia at the same time closed in on the Boks.

The southern hemisphere trio are a long way ahead of the chasing pack.

This weekend’s Tests between Wales and Australia as well as England/New Zealand conclude the autumn internationals. With the draw for the 2011 World Cup imminent, these Tests provide the final opportunity for teams to climb up the world rankings.

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

IRB World Rankings:

1 New Zealand  92.43 rating points

2 South Africa  89.45

3 Australia 87.34

4 Argentina  81.56

5 England  81.11

6 Wales 79.55

7 France 79.49

8 Ireland  78.45

9 Scotland 76.76

10 Fiji 75.24