ABs raise two years on top of rankings
27 June 2006Â
The All Blacks completed two years on top of the International Rugby Board rankings while the ground under them moved again over the weekend.
New Zealand continue to enjoy a massive lead in the rankings, from France who climbed to second for the first ever time with their upset of South Africa.
The Springboks dropped to third, followed by Australia, Ireland and England, whose positions are unchanged.
The top spot was claimed by the All Blacks when they beat England at Dunedin in June 2004, the first test under coach Graham Henry, and they have kept the top spot since. Four different teams have held down second place in that time.
New Zealand presently sit on 93.32 points, well clear of France's 87.53.
Leading IRB world rankings:
New Zealand 93.32 points 1, France 87.53 2, South Africa 87.18 3, Australia 85.59 4, Ireland 82.01 5, England 79.66 6, Scotland 77.72 7, Argentina 77.49 8, Wales 76.34 9, Samoa 73.39 10, Fiji 72.79 11, Italy 72.11 12. [/b]