Ireland fall behind Wales in rugby rankings

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Updated: August 24, 2011

After a disappointing series of warm-ups for next month’s world cup Irish morale has taken a further hammering as Wales move above them in the IRB World Rankings.

The recent losses to France and Scotland for Ireland and Wales wins over England at the weekend mean that Ireland have slipped to seventh in the rankings.

Ireland will have a chance to redeem themselves in the final friendly against England at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday while Wales’ next game is their World Cup opener against South Africa

The news comes after Declan Kidney shocked many by leaving Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald and Munster’s Tomas O’Leary out of his squad for the World Cup.

Elsewhere in the rankings, France’s wins over Ireland helped them move past England into the top four.

The current top ten
1(1) NEW ZEALAND 91.64
2(2) AUSTRALIA 87.75
3(3) SOUTH AFRICA 85.70
4(5) FRANCE 83.79
5(4) ENGLAND 81.82
6(7) WALES 80.79
7(6) IRELAND 79.57
8(9) SCOTLAND 78.83
9(8) ARGENTINA 78.40
10(10) SAMOA 74.55

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