South Africa up to third

Colin Cowherd knows exactly how No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 12 Syracuse will end on Saturday

South Africa have moved above Ireland to third in the World Rugby Rankings following their fifth successive test victory.

South Africa have defeated Argentina twice in the Rugby Championship so far this season, including a bonus point 41-23 victory in Salta on Saturday.

This latest victory was worth 1.15 points. They are now on 85.66, just under three-tenths more than Ireland.

Meanwhile, los Pumas have slipped down to tenth on 78 points, having only won one of their last eight fixtures.

New Zealand have 95.21 points and remain top after surviving two impressive Wallaby efforts in their last two tests. They did not gain any points and they remain 5.07 points clear of second-placed England.

Hong Kong have now equalled their highest ever ranking after their  43-34 win against Kenya in the second test in Nairobi on Saturday and sit 22nd in the rankings.

Having picked up 1.15 points, they move up two places to match their previous best of 22nd in the rankings whilst overtaking Germany and Canada. Canada are at their lowest ever ranking of 24th. 

World Rankings
Previous position in brackets
1(1) NEW ZEALAND  95.21    
2(2) ENGLAND          90.14    
3(4) SOUTH AFRICA  85.65    
4(3) IRELAND            85.39    
5(5) AUSTRALIA        84.21    
6(6) SCOTLAND        82.47    
7(7) WALES              81.73    
8(8) FRANCE            79.63    
9(9) FIJI                    79.48    
10(10) ARGENTINA    78.00

With thanks to World Rugby