ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Friday Aug 23, 2019

RANKINGS PERMUTATIONS: If Ireland win this weekend, Wales' time at the top will be over

While Wales are now the number one ranked team in world rugby, in a few days time that could all change again as Ireland now have the opportunity to also make history, as they themselves could leapfrog Wales if they beat England this coming weekend.

ADVERTISEMENT

With Wales and New Zealand both having a rest week, a win for the Irish on Saturday will see them move from third place to first.

If Ireland could go to number one it will be their first time ever, joining Wales, New Zealand, South Africa and England as the only teams to ever grace the top spot on the official World Rugby Rankings.

An Ireland win will also mean that New Zealand will drop to third, with Wales shifting to second.

For England, who is currently in fifth place behind South Africa, third place is within their reach.

On the same day, Scotland and France will dispute seventh place as Murrayfield prepares to house a capacity crowd for the 15th consecutive international.

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 WARM-UP MATCHES

ENGLAND (5) v IRELAND (3)

In brief

  • This is the 135th meeting between the teams with England currently leading 77-49 with eight draws
  • England won 32-20 the last time the sides met in the Six Nations in Dublin
  • Ireland won 24-15 on their last visit to Twickenham in the 2018 Six Nations

Rankings predictor

  • England will regain fourth place from South Africa if they win
  • They need to win by more than 15 points to overtake Ireland and move into third
  • An Ireland victory will see them move to the top of the rankings for the first time in history, the second team to do so in as many weeks

SCOTLAND (8) v FRANCE (7)

In brief

  • France have 55 wins to Scotland’s 36 with three draws since their first meeting in 1910
  • Scotland have won their last two fixtures at home to Les Bleus
  • France’s last victory at Murrayfield came in March 2014 (19-17)

Rankings predictor

  • A Scotland win will see the teams trade places for the second week running with Scotland up to seventh and France down to eighth
  • A Scotland defeat by more than 15 points would leave them just nine-hundredths of a point ahead of ninth-placed Japan
  • France cannot climb any higher than their present position of seventh

 

ADVERTISEMENT
Video Spacer

Related Articles

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    RFU make decision on transgender players...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Quick Thinking Etzebeth Scores Thrilling Try To Keep Sharks Alive In London

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Carlin Isles scores cracking tries in return to sevens rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Jamie George Proves To Be The Ultimate Footballer In Sarries Win

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Lyon Loosehead Hamza Kaabeche Caught In Prop’s Worst Nightmare

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Controversy Brewing Following Lack Of TMO intervention In ‘Dangerous’ Toulouse Tackle

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse demonstrate power with spine tingling hits

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Ugly Club Rugby Incident Caught On Camera

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The Rarest Of Sights As Tuilagi Left Flattened By Giant Toulouse Secondrow

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking scenes as Tuilagi is SAT DOWN

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Almost 35,000 have now signed petition to reverse new grassroots tackle laws

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    RFU introduce maximum of waist high tackling in amateur rugby

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Stormers finish off magical tries in the URC

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    “I’m Too Old” Referee Substituted In Bizarre Incident

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Bad day for referee Adam Leal as he takes a battering and then gets called by the wrong name

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Tommy Bowe with almighty blunder

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wild Acrobatics On Show As Toulouse Thump Clermont

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Rugbydump’s Top Five Rugby Characters Of 2022

View All

Amateur

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Josh Bassett signs for new premiership team after short stay at Harlequins

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Exeter fly half to depart for France

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Former England player switches to Scotland

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Exeter Chiefs to lose yet another player

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

View All