The Springboks have dropped to fourth place in the latest IRB rankings.
The last time the Boks were ranked outside the top three in the international rankings was back in September 2007. The fall follows their quarter-final exit at the hands of the Wallabies a fortnight ago.
With France making the World Cup final – after beating Wales in their fourth successive tournament semi-final last weekend – they leap above South Africa into third spot. They are the first northern hemisphere team to be ranked in the top three in nearly 16 months.
The All Blacks still dominate in first place while the Wallabies occupy second. Despite making the semi-finals, Wales fall below fifth-placed England.
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