Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Friday Aug 23, 2019

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

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

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of...

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate...

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    'Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: The Victor Vito offload fans have been raving about in Champions Cup quarter-final

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    MUST WATCH: Awesome compilation of the best tries ever scored at the Millennium Stadium

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Awesome compilation showcases the GREATEST tries ever scored at Twickenham

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Tackle deemed to be at the top end of the scale as winger receives heavy ban

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 12 HOURS AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Rob Kearney's legendary performance vs Springboks on 2009 Lions tour

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Bizarre standoff in Super Rugby tests players on their rulebook knowledge

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Flanker has HOWLER in Super Rugby Aotearoa after butchering awesome solo try

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Ridiculous 10-minute montage shows why Joe Marler is probably the funniest man in rugby

View All

Amateur

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 60 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 20 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
RANKINGS PERMUTATIONS: If Ireland win this weekend, Wales' time at the top will be over | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos