With the world cup only 6 months away, Wales 21-13 win over England at the weekend, their 12th consecutive test match win has side them leapfrog their neighbour in the latest world rankings.
New Zealand All Blacks and Ireland remain in first and second respectively, despite Irelands form so far in this year’s Six Nations being while below that when they defeated New Zealand in the autumn, just managing to scrap through 26-16 in a scrappy game in Rome at the weekend.
Just below them Wales have now regarded third place, where they were before England’s 32-20 defeat of Ireland and 44-8 win over France in their opening two matches, means England have dropped back into fourth.
South Africa and Australia remain in their spots at 5th and 6th while the big climbers in the northern hemisphere is France who despite losing to both Wales and England so far in the competition, their 27-10 win over Scotland has seen them move above Argentina and Fiji into eighth spot, still behind Scotland who have not won in Paris for 20 years still remain in seventh.
With two rounds remaining things could still change as Scotland welcome Wales to Murrayfield for the next round of matches on the weekend of March 9th, while bottom side Italy will have to face a wounded England side at Twickenham, while France must travel to Dublin to face Ireland.
Should Wales, England and Ireland all win their games as expected the big game in the final round of this year’s competition see’s Wales welcome Ireland to the Principality Stadium with a Grand Slam up for gaps, although an Irish Win could see England claim the Six Nations title should their beat Scotland that day, while France and Italy are expected to fight it out for the wooden spoon.
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