Wales ‘ brief reign at the top of the World Rugby rankings is over after their 11-match winning home run ended at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff with the latest 22-17 loss for Ireland.
According to the World Rugby journal, with one-and-a-half rating points deducted from their sum due to the failure, Wales is now ranked fourth in the list, with New Zealand, Ireland and England having now taken the top three sports on the roster for this year’s season. The All Blacks have recovered their place at the top of the rankings that they had maintained for an unprecedented 509-week span before Wales’ 13-6 win over England home on August 14, while Ireland, for whom Jacob Stockdale brilliantly manages with a first-half brace, moves up to second with the difference between the two sides only a bit over half a point.
England will enter their ultimate warm-up against Italy in the 2019 Rugby World Cup at St James ‘ Park in Newcastle. The national English team is currently ranked third in the world, and will be fighting to gain more ground against Italy. Scotland negotiated what seemed to be a challenging away match to Georgia, winning 44-10 in Tbilisi’s Dinamo Arena. Rory Hutchinson won two of the five matches of the Scots in a historic evening when they became Georgia’s first tier one country to perform a test. The win advanced the ranking of Scotland to 81.00 points and they will remain in seventh place.
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