World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini preview: 15 July, 2023


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World Rugby has published the permutations for the men’s rankings this week in its preview.

World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for round two of The Rugby Championship 2023 this weekend. 

Permutation highlights:

  • New Zealand must win by more than 15 points to replace France in second place.
  • A win by such a margin would see New Zealand cut Ireland’s lead at the top to 1.19 points.
  • South Africa cannot fall from fourth place in defeat as they would still have a cushion of at least 5.26 rating points over Scotland below.
  • If South Africa can avoid defeat in Auckland they will swap places with the All Blacks to become the higher-ranked of the two nations in third.
  • Argentina and Australia will also trade places if Los Pumas come away from Parramatta with a win in the other Rugby Championship match this weekend.
  • A win by a margin of more than 15 points would see Los Pumas also climb above England into sixth position, their highest position since November last year.
  • Australia will climb one place to sixth – swapping places with England – with any margin of victory over Argentina.
  • England haven’t been as low as seventh since February 2016, at the start of Eddie Jones’ reign as head coach.
  • Argentina cannot fall any lower than their present position of eighth as they have a large enough advantage over Wales.


Match officials:

  • Mathieu Raynal (France) takes charge of New Zealand v South Africa for the first time in what is his 40th test as referee. Both teams lost their first matches with Raynal in the middle.
  • Jaco Peyper (South Africa) by contrast referees Australia v Argentina for the fourth time with the Wallabies victorious in the three previous meetings. Peyper’s 61st test in the middle takes him to seventh on the all-time list.

The rankings preview can be read via the Match Notes page in the Media Zone.

Credit: World Rugby

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