Showing the weakness of the IRB ranking algorithm:
- (1) NEW ZEALAND 94.59
- (2) FRANCE 85.94
- (4) Ranking Climber AUSTRALIA 85.55
- (5) Ranking Climber SOUTH AFRICA 84.71
- (3) Ranking Faller IRELAND 84.68
South Africa and Australia have climbed above Ireland owing to to the Ireland vs Pacific Islands game not being counted as a ranking Test International:
Australiaâ€™s thumping 44-15 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield secured only the second victory of the autumn for the double Rugby World Cup winners, but it was enough to lift John Connollyâ€™s side into third place once again owing to Irelandâ€™s 61-10 victory over the Pacific Islanders not counting towards the rankings.
South Africa also moved up the rankings to fourth after defeating England 25-14 at Twickenham in the second of a two-test series against the world champions. The victory, which was South Africaâ€™s first at Twickenham since 1997, may have been the only success of the tour for Jake Whiteâ€™s youthful side, but it was also enough to see them leapfrog Ireland into fourth.
I just wish the bookies would follow suit 😉