Ireland pushes Wallabies into fourth spot

Ireland and Scotland have climbed up in the latest World Rugby rankings, with the Irish replacing Australia at number three.

Ireland have moved up one spot following their 50-22 win over Japan while Scotland beat the Wallabies in Sydney 24-19.

Joe Schmidt's Irish side added seven tries to the nine they managed against the USA the week before in Philadelphia as they registered another convincing victory in the second match of their three-game tour of North America and Japan.

Australia are now fourth on the world rankings, just ahead of Scotland.

Scotland leap-frogged South Africa into fifth place.

Wales are up a spot to seventh after their win over Tonga in Auckland, while France are down two spots to eighth after their series loss to South Africa.

New Zealand remain top from England.

World Rankings

Previous position in brackets

1(1) New Zealand 94.78

2(2) England 90.14

3(4) Ireland 85.09

4(3) Australia 84.63

5(6) Scotland 83.90

6(5) South Africa 83.63

7(8) Wales 81.45

8(6) France 80.16

9(9) Argentina 79.31

10(10) Fiji 76.63

11(11) Japan 73.61

12(12) Georgia 72.92

13(13) Tonga 71.85

14(14) Samoa 71.25

15(15) Italy 71.00

16(16) Romania 70.27

17(17) USA 66.10

18(21) Uruguay 63.15

19(18) Spain 63.15

20(19) Russia 63.13


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