After a two-year absence from the highest spot, the All Blacks might be again to world No 1 this weekend.
If ends in the Rugby Championship in Brisbane on Saturday evening play out in related style to what they did on the Gold Coast final Sunday, the lads in black can put an finish to the Springboks’ reign on the head of World Rugby’s rankings.
Ought to South Africa observe up last weekend’s 28-26 defeat to Australia with one other loss to the Wallabies within the first match of the double-header, that may open the door for New Zealand within the late recreation.
The All Blacks, who crushed Argentina 39-0 last weekend, would then soar to high place in the event that they observe that up by beating the Pumas by 15 factors or extra. That required margin may doubtlessly be much less if the Wallabies have been to beat the Springboks by 15-plus.
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Regardless of final weekend’s romp, the All Blacks may nicely face a stiffer problem this day trip, fielding a second-string side as they relaxation and rotate throughout these 5 tier-one checks in as many weeks, with back-to-back clashes towards South Africa looming giant.
The New Zealand TAB, although, have them at even decrease odds than final weekend – overwhelming $1.02 favourites, with the Pumas rank outsiders at $14, and being supplied a whopping 26.5-point begin. In the meantime, the Springboks once more go in as favourites ($1.37) towards the Wallabies ($3.10).
It’s simply over two years since the All Blacks lost their iron-grip on the No 1 spot in the rankings, which have been launched in 2003.
After sitting on the high for a exceptional 507 weeks between 2009 and 2019, the lads in black have been knocked off the highest in August 2019 following their record defeat to the Wallabies in Perth.
Wales jumped into the No 1 position, earlier than Ireland went into the 2019 World Cup ranked top, whereas England’s semifinal win over the All Blacks noticed them take over, however the Springboks’ triumph in the final made them the rankings leaders, and it’s a place they’ve held ever since, regardless of not taking part in a take a look at in 2020.
Final yr, following their historic defeat to Argentina, the All Blacks fell to an equal-worst third in the rankings – a place they also found themselves in for a week at the 2019 World Cup after their semifinal defeat earlier than leaping again up a spot following their bronze playoff win over Wales.
Ought to the Pumas pull off one other shock defeat this weekend, the All Blacks would nonetheless stay No 2.
The Wallabies might be the most important movers this month. Final weekend’s last-gasp victory despatched them up two locations from their worst-ever spot of No 7, and in the event that they have been to overcome the Boks for a second week working, they’ll go up two extra to No 3 – a place they haven’t occupied since June 2018.