Fifth in the IRB Rankings

A 30 point victory over Italy, and France’s shock defeat to Tonga mean Ireland have moved into fifth place in the IRB Rankings.

Tonga’s reward for one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history sees them make a massive leap in the rankings, meaning they now sit one below France who have dropped below Ireland, Wales and Argentina to eighth (the lowest position they’ve occupied!).

IRB WORLD RANKINGS (as of Monday, October 3):

Last week’s positions in brackets –

1(1) NEW ZEALAND 90.62 rating points
2(2) SOUTH AFRICA 86.71
3(3) AUSTRALIA 84.84
4(4) ENGLAND 84.54
5(6) IRELAND 83.14
6(7) WALES 80.73
7(8) ARGENTINA 80.28
8(5) FRANCE 79.72
9(13) TONGA 76.63
10(9) SCOTLAND 76.20