10 Oct 2017

All Blacks extend world ranking lead

6:16 am on 10 October 2017

The All Blacks have extended their lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings.

All Black hooker Dane Coles on the charge

All Black hooker Dane Coles on the charge Photo: Photosport

Australia has moved up to third after finishing second in the Rugby Championship.

New Zealand survived a massive fight from South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday to finish the Rugby Championship unbeaten and slightly increased their lead at the top of the World Rugby Rankings.

The All Blacks earned 0.31 of a rating point, making their overall tally read 95.52. They now hold a 5.38-point advantage over England.

Australia leap-frogged Ireland and South Africa following a 37-20 win over bottom-of-the-table Argentina in Mendoza.

The Wallabies are on 85.59 points, gaining 0.93 of a point, which is two-tenths more than Ireland and slightly more than half a point more than the Springboks.

Los Pumas remain in 10th place in the rankings, with Japan hot on their heels as they only hold a 3.14-point cushion over their nearest rivals.

World Rugby Rankings

Previous position in brackets

1(1) New Zealand 95.52

2(2) England 90.14

3(5) Australia 85.59

4(3) Ireland 85.39

5(4) South Africa 85.03

6(6) Scotland 82.47

7(7) Wales 81.73

8(8) France 79.63

9(9) Fiji 79.48

10(10) Argentina 76.93

New Zealand also top the womens rankings.