Thanks to New Zealand’s sweeping 36-13 win over Los Pumas and the Springboks 30-17 loss to Australia, The All Blacks will return to the top of the World Rugby world rankings after two years.
The other important change that will take place is that Wallabies, after defeating South Africa twice, they will take the podium to rank third, above Ireland and England. Meanwhile, Argentina remains at seventh place over Scotland.
The All Blacks had to beat Los Pumas by more than 15 points to claim the first place in the ranking that World Rugby publishes every week and they got it. As the next objective, The Men in Black will have the world champions, in what will be the 100th match between South Africans and New Zealanders. The crossing will be in Townsville next Saturday and a week later they will meet again in the Gold Coast.
“You must beat number one to be number one”, said Ian Foster in the press room from the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, after the victory against the Argentine national team and added that “I don’t want to downplay it. We are about to play South Africa next week, it is a very important game. We are more interested in winning that game than where we are now in the ranking“.