Springboks move to 4th in World Rankings

The Springboks have moved up a spot in the latest World Rugby rankings released on Monday.   South Africa’s 41-7 win over Japan in Saitama, coupled with Wales’ 19-10 defeat to Ireland in Dublin was enough for them to move above the Welsh into fourth spot. Meanwhile, Ireland’s victory saw them reach the summit of the rankings for the first time, with New Zealand dropping to second. Wales, who have now lost back-to-back Tests to Ireland, have dropped from first to No 5 in a matter of weeks.    …

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Ireland Now No. 1 Rugby Team but Schmidt is not Fooled

The 19-10 win over the Six Nations champions has pushed Ireland top of the list for the first time but coach, Joe Shmidt maintained they won’t allow it to influence their approach.   I didn’t realise that we were until I did an interview after the game,” said the 53-year-old, who took over when Ireland were ranked eight. That’s how far away from our thoughts that has been. It’s a label, it’s a nice label to get, and it’s nice [that it’s the] first time that we’ve been in that…

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