The Springboks are still in seventh place on the latest world rugby rankings. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

LONDON – South Africa remained rooted in a lowly seventh place on the latest world rugby rankings which were released on Monday.

South Africa's Springboks suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Australia in Brisbane and this week they will be desperate for a victory this week in Wellington where they run out against the world No 1 ranked New Zealand.

Australia's win allowed them to finally open their Rugby Championship account after they suffered back-to-back defeats against New Zealand. 

New Zealand went three from three with a victory over Los Pumas to stay well clear at the top of the World Rugby Rankings. Should they triumph against the Boks this week, the Rugby Championship will be over as a contest and all that remains will be a shoot-out for second place.

The much-changed New Zealand side ran in six tries against an enterprising Argentina outfit to maintain their perfect start to the season, and they remain 4.39 points clear of nearest rivals Ireland in the rankings.

On the African front, Namibia and Kenya are in the top 30 of world rankings.

Australian captain Michael Hooper challenges South Africa's Elton Jantjies. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Australian captain Michael Hooper challenges South Africa's Elton Jantjies. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

World Rugby Rankings, Top 30 rankings as of 10 September:

1 New Zealand 94.52
2 Ireland 90.12
3 Wales 85.94
4 England 85.68
5 Australia 84.45
6 Scotland 83.02
7 South Africa 81.35
8 France 79.10
9 Argentina 77.02
10 Fiji 76.54
11 Japan 75.24
12 Tonga 73.84
13 Georgia 73.13
14 Italy 72.56
15 United States 71.66
16 Samoa 68.28
17 Romania 68.25
18 Uruguay 65.37
19 Russia 64.89
20 Spain 63.09
21 Hong Kong 60.46
22 Namibia 59.97
23 Canada 59.93
24 Portugal 58.30
25 Belgium 58.09
26 Brazil 56.81
27 Netherlands 56.52
28 Kenya 55.71
29 Germany 55.59
30 Chile 54.36 

African News Agency (ANA)


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