All Blacks shoot up world rankings, but not to number one

By 1news.co.nz and is republished with permission 

The All Blacks have shot up two places to No.2 in the world rugby rankings.

South Africa have knocked Ireland from the top spot, who have fallen to third place behind New Zealand.

The Irish are followed by France, England, Scotland, Argentina, Wales, Australia, and Fiji who have remained at No.10.

France, who were knocked out of the tournament by South Africa yesterday, have dropped two spots in the rankings from No.2 to No.4.

The current World Rugby rankings.
The current World Rugby rankings. (Source: World Rugby)

The shakeup comes after the All Blacks’ incredible win over Ireland on Sunday morning.

Coach Ian Foster described it as a “monster game” and praised his side’s defence.

“They’re a proud team, Ireland, they really hung in there. I thought we had them a couple of times but they kept making the game really tight.

“I am so proud of the way we played. Our defence, particularly in that last part, was brilliant.”

The All Blacks are set to play Argentina in the semi-finals this weekend.

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