Ireland have fallen a further two places in the latest IRB world rankings, following their RBS Six Nations defeat to Italy. Declan Kidney’s side are now at their lowest ever position in the rankings.
After four straight losses Ireland were fortunate to avoid the wooden spoon but there was further bad news on Monday morning as the side dropped below Samoa and Argentina to ninth place in the table.
Ireland’s previous lowest position was eighth, but it could have been even worse than ninth had Scotland not lost 23-16 to France at the Stade de France in the final RBS 6 Nations match of 2013. The other five nations all ended the Championship’s final weekend in the place they began it, although Wales and Italy moved significantly closer to the sides above them.
Wales destroyed England’s hopes of a first Grand Slam since 2003 with a 30-3 victory at the Millennium Stadium to retain the title and reduce the deficit between the two to just 0.36 rating points.
England fell further behind Australia in third, and that gap has now grown to more than three rating points. Italy’s margin of victory over Ireland was not big enough to improve their position of 12th, although they have closed to within four hundredths of Tonga above them, as well as only eight tenths behind Scotland in 10th.