Boks slide down rankings

The Springboks have dropped to fourth in the IRB world rankings following their defeat to Ireland.

Having begun the season at No 2, the Boks plummeted to fourth during the Vodacom Tri-Nations before clawing their way back to third. However, Saturday’s 32-15 loss in Dublin has again seen them slip out of the world’s elite.

New Zealand’s 47-3 thrashing of France saw them extend their lead at the top of the rankings, with the Tricolores remaining at No 2.

The biggest movers are Argentina who have moved to sixth in the world rankings following their shock win against England. It is the Pumas highest ever position.

England, ranked No 1 at the start of 2004, are now seventh on the rankings thanks to seven consecutive defeats.

World rankings:

1. New Zealand 94.06
2. France 86.39
3. Australia 85.50
4. South Africa 85.24
5. Ireland 83.81
6. Argentina 79.01
7. England 78.14
8. Scotland 77.72
9. Wales 77.02
10. Samoa 73.86