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Wales Drop in Rankings Despite Semi Final Place

All Blacks lead the way after triumph

Posted Oct 28, 2011 by Chris White

New Zealand are ranked number one in the world

Despite their heroics at this year’s World Cup, surprising most people – but probably not themselves – by reaching the semi finals, Wales have slipped two places in the International Rugby Board’s latest world rankings.

Unsurprisingly, New Zealand hold the top spot having sealed their first World Cup victory in 24 years, and on home soil too, ahead of the side they beat in the semi final, Australia.

Beaten finalists France, who knocked out Wales before losing 8-7 to the All Blacks in the Auckland showpiece, are third with South Africa fourth and England fifth in an unchanged top five.

It is the next teams that have caused some surprise, with Ireland – beaten by Wales in the quarterfinals – rising one place to sixth, and Argentina also rise a place to seventh. Then come the Welsh in eighth, who very nearly beat the French in the semi final, playing over an hour with just 14 men after the controversial sending off of Sam Warburton. This makes Wales the only side in the top ten to fall in the latest rankings.

Tonga, who beat France in the pool stage, are ranked in ninth, ahead of Scotland who didn’t make it out of a pool involving England and Argentina.

Full World Rankings:

1 New Zealand 91.43

2 Australia 87.42

3 France 84.70

4 South Africa 84.34

5 England 81.58

6 Ireland 80.65

7 Argentina 80.28

8 Wales 80.18

9 Tonga 76.63

10 Scotland 76.20

11 Samoa 75.81

12 Italy 73.99

13 Canada 72.92

14 Georgia 71.09

15 Japan 70.45

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