South Africa Extends Lead Atop World Rugby Rankings

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Reigning World champions South Africa extended their lead over second-placed New Zealand at the top of the World Rugby rankings despite not having played a Test match in more than a year.

As of November 10, South Africa had 94.20 points while New Zealand had 90.17 points. The All Blacks previously had 91.84 but saw their tally drop after a 24-22 loss to trans-Tasman rivals in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Springboks last played a match on November 2, 2019, when they defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Their next scheduled match is against the British & Irish Lions in July 2021. SA Rugby, however, is believed to be working on a plan to schedule some matches prior to the much-anticipated series.

Meanwhile, Australia boosted their points tally to 83.86 from 82.19 and currently sits in sixth place with England (88.42), France (84.59) and Ireland (84.10) ahead of them.

The rest of the top 10 is rounded by Scotland, Wales, Japan and Argentina.

The next highest-ranked African side is Namibia (24) followed by Kenya (32), Zimbabwe (35) and Tunisia (39).

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