Australia have cut the gap on England in the World Rugby Rankings after responding from successive losses with Saturday’s win over South Africa.

The Wallabies picked up a fraction under half a rating point for the win to move on to 84.45 points – 1.22 behind England in fourth position.

Rassie Erasmus’ South Africa stay in seventh place in the World Rankings, behind Scotland, with 2.25 points between themselves and France.

Elsehwere, New Zealand‘s victory over Argentina maintains their perfect start to the season, and they remain 4.39 points clear of Ireland.

World Rugby Rankings
Previous position in brackets

1(1) New Zealand 94.52
2(2) Ireland 90.12
3(3) Wales 85.94
4(4) England 85.68
5(5) Australia 84.45
6(6) Scotland 83.02
7(7) South Africa 81.35
8(8) France 79.10
9(9) Argentina 77.02
10(10) Fiji 76.54

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