Ireland’s stay at the top of the rankings a short-lived one
All Blacks take number one spot back after their win over South Africa on Saturday
New Zealand would have returned to the summit with a win over South Africa regardless of how Ireland did against Scotland.
According to the intricacies of how the standings are calculated, New Zealand would have returned to the summit with a win over their Rugby Championship rivals, regardless of how Ireland did against Scotland, World Rugby said.
In the event, the world champions beat the Springboks 23-13 while Ireland cruised past the Scots 27-3.
New Zealand went into the tournament as clear favourites, regardless of what the rankings said, although the changes at the top added to the widespread belief that this World Cup is the most open since the first one three decades ago.
South Africa’s defeat pushed them down to fifth, below Wales who start their World Cup campaign later on Monday against Georgia. France’s dramatic victory over Argentina pushed them ahead of Scotland into seventh spot.