Irish drop to sixth in IRB rankings

Updated: February 7, 2011

France and Portugal have each moved up one place in the latest IRB World Rankings after victories over Scotland and Romania at the weekend.

The French began their quest to become the first side to successfully retain the title after claiming a Grand Slam since the expansion to Six Nations in 2000 with a four-try, 34-21 win over Scotland at Stade de France on Saturday.

The win lifted France above Ireland, despite Declan Kidney’s side beating Italy in Rome a few hours earlier when a Ronan O’Gara drop-goal two minutes from time rescued a 13-11 victory at Stadio Flaminio.

Portugal’s victory in Lisbon means they return to the top 20 for the first time since last May at the expense of Uruguay.

IRB World Rankings
(Previous place bracketed)

1(1) New Zealand 93.19
2(2) Australia 87.45
3(3) South Africa 86.44
4(4) England 83.24
5(6) France 82.32
6(5) Ireland 82.25
7(7) Scotland 80.55
8(8) Argentina 78.97
9(9) Wales 76.29
10(10) Fiji 74.05
11(11) Samoa 74.02
12(12) Italy 72.86
13(13) Japan 71.45
14(14) Canadad 69.19
15(15) Georgia 68.21
16(16) USA 67.69
17(17) Tonga 67.35
18(18) Russia 66.17
19(19) Romania 64.38
20(21) Portugal 62.10

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