The XV of France has gained a place and is now fifth in the world rankings, ahead of Australia, after its brilliant victory against New Zealand (40-25), according to the ranking published by World Rugby. The Wallabies, dominated Saturday by Wales (29-28), therefore lose a place and fall to sixth place. However, there is no change in the first four places: South Africa, reigning world champion, is still in the lead, followed by the All Blacks (2nd) even ridiculed by the Blues, the England (3rd) and Ireland (4th).
In the top 10, Argentina, corrected by Ireland (53-7) on Sunday in Dublin, loses one place and is now in 9th place. It is doubled by Wales which seizes eighth place. Two years before the World Cup in France, the Blues are not yet in the last virtual. But they are getting closer and that is a good omen.
Among girls, the Blue do even better. The women’s XV of France climbed to third place in the World Rugby world rankings, after their brilliant victory on Saturday ahead of New Zealand (29-7). The Blue, who overtook the Canadians, completed the podium behind the New Zealand Black Ferns, reigning world champions, and England, first nation in the world and winner of the last three Six Nations Tournaments.
The French have completed a perfect autumn tour by easily dominating South Africa (46-3) then by winning two prestigious victories in front of New Zealand, 38-13 in Pau then 29-7 in Castres. The Women’s World Cup is scheduled for New Zealand from October 8 to November 12, 2022.