Ireland’s historic first-ever win over the All Blacks in New Zealand helped move them up to second in the rankings; the All Blacks drop to fourth; France lead the way and it’s the first time since the rankings were introduced that Northern Hemisphere teams have occupied the two top spots

Last Updated: 11/07/22 5:54pm

Ireland are heading to a deciding Test against New Zealand on Saturday

Ireland are heading to a deciding Test against New Zealand on Saturday

Ireland have moved up to second in the World Rugby men’s rankings, while the All Blacks have dropped to their lowest-ever position of fourth.

The new standings for the men’s game came out on Monday and reflected the outcomes from the matches across the weekend, including the Summer Tour matches live on Sky Sports.

In Dunedin, Andy Farrell’s men created history by securing victory over the All Blacks on Kiwi soil for the first time.

The result and that of France – who won 20-15 against Japan – mean that Ireland now sit in second position in the men’s rankings behind Les Bleus.

Ireland would have actually taken top position was it not for Will Jordan’s late try, which closed the gap between the All Blacks and Farrell’s men. Ireland needed a 16-point victory to have secured top spot.

France are top of the World Rugby men’s rankings for the first time in their history.

Highlights of the second Test between New Zealand and Ireland, in Dunedin.

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Highlights of the second Test between New Zealand and Ireland, in Dunedin.

Highlights of the second Test between New Zealand and Ireland, in Dunedin.

With France and Ireland sitting in first and second position, it is the first time since the rankings were introduced back in October 2003, that Northern Hemisphere teams have occupied the two top spots.

The Springboks now sit in third, with New Zealand having dropped to the lowest-ever position of fourth.

The victories obtained by England and Scotland over Australia and Argentina, mean that both Northern Hemisphere teams move ahead of their opponents.

Eleanor Roper was joined by David Flatman to review England's win over Australia in the second Test

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Eleanor Roper was joined by David Flatman to review England’s win over Australia in the second Test

Eleanor Roper was joined by David Flatman to review England’s win over Australia in the second Test

World Rugby state that the men’s and women’s rankings are calculated using a ‘Points Exchange’ system, where sides gain or lose points based on the match result. Other criteria include the relative strength of each team, the margin of victory, and an allowance for home advantage.

The rankings are published in full on a Monday, meaning that a weekend filled with series deciders on Sky Sports will input greatly into the next order on Monday, July 18.

World Rugby Men’s Rankings as of July 11

Top 10 Teams – Rankings and movements

Points Movement
1. France 89.41 Up from third
2. Ireland 88.79 Up from fourth
3. South Africa 88.61 Down from first
4. New Zealand 88.17 Down from second
5. England 85.14 Up from sixth
6. Australia 83.28 Down from fifth
7. Scotland 82.99 Up from eighth
8. Wales 81.28 Up from ninth
9. Argentina 79.39 Down from seventh
10. Japan 77.74 Maintained position

How to follow Summer Tour deciders on Sky Sports

Every deciding Test is live on Sky Sports Action across the day on Saturday, as the Northern Hemisphere teams all aim to replicate the success they achieved last weekend.

  • New Zealand vs Ireland in Wellington – coverage from 7.30am (8:05am kick-off)
  • Australia vs England in Sydney – coverage from 10:15am (10:55am kick-off)
  • South Africa vs Wales in Cape Town – coverage from 3.30pm (4.05pm kick-off)
  • Argentina vs Scotland in Santiago del Estero – coverage from 7.30pm (8.10pm kick-off)

Ireland will first take on the Maori All Blacks in Wellington on Tuesday. Keith Earls will captain the team as they look to level the series against Maori All Blacks and the contest is live on Sky Sports Action from 7.50am.

Watch all of the action from the Summer Tours on Saturday, with coverage live on Sky Sports Action from 7.30am.