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Ireland Scale New Heights In Latest World Rugby Rankings

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Ireland remain in second place in the latest World Rugby rankings, but have also hit a new milestone.

Their dramatic series-clinching 20-16 victory over Australia in Sydney last Saturday has seen Joe Schmidt’s side move past the 90-point mark for the first time in the 15-year history of the rankings system.

It marks the end of a stunning season for Ireland, with a historic test series victory coming hot on the heels of the Six Nations Grand Slam victory earlier this year.

They extend their lead ahead of Wales in third place, whose own summer tour came to an end with victory over Argentina a week earlier.

Mitsubishi Estate Series 3rd Test, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia 23/6/2018 Australia vs Ireland Ireland's Jordi Murphy, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate after the game
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Meanwhile, England have risen two places to fourth, having finally brought their losing run to a halt. Eddie Jones’ side had been in freefall in recent months, dipping from second to sixth as a result of their wretched form, but victory over South Africa last weekend has seen them rise back up to fourth, leapfrogging the Springboks and the Wallabies in the process.

There are no other changes to toe the top ten, with Scotland, France, Fiji and Argentina rounding out the top ten.

World Rugby Rankings: 25th June 2018

1 New Zealand (93.99)

2 Ireland (90.12)

3 Wales (85.94)

4 England (85.68)

5 Australia (84.48)

6 South Africa (83.32(

7 Scotland (83.02)

8 France (79.10)

9 Fiji (76.54)

10 Argentina (75.55)

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