Poms hit new low

England have dropped to eighth in the IRB world rankings after losing to the Wallabies at Twickenham.

The Poms have been in free fall since winning the 2003 World Cup, and while they reached the final of the 2007 event they have regressed badly under manager Martin Johnson.

England’s latest setback has allowed Wales to move up to seventh in the rankings, despite their 19-12 defeat to New Zealand.

Namibia are the biggest climbers of the weekend with a two-place climb to 23rd after they beat Portugal 12-9.

IRB rankings (top 10)
1. South Africa 91.69
2. New Zealand 90.52
3. Australia 85.56
4. Ireland 83.27
5. France 81.48
6. Argentina 81.29
7. Wales 80.38
8. England 80.27
9. Fiji 76.52
10. Scotland 75.23
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