RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP. Can the All Blacks sink even lower?

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP. The All Blacks kings of forwards, the Springboks champions of possessionThe All Blacks are not favorites for their first Rugby Championship game against South Africa. And for good reason, they remain on four losses in five games. It’s not unheard of, but it’s very rare for this nation used to monopolizing the first places. She has also given up her first world ranking for several years now. To find the heights, the men of Ian Foster will have to chain the victories. And it starts on Saturday against the Springboks. A success, and the All Blacks could take 3rd place in the world rankings from their opponents of the day behind France and Ireland. But a setback to be even more dramatic for New Zealanders. Currently 4th, their worst ranking in history, they could slip to 5th if the Boks win by more than 15 points.

For their part, the South Africans cannot hope to gain places in the event of victory with style. However, they would get even closer to the Blues. Which occupied the first world rank for a week after their second success over Japan combined with the defeats of the southern nations in July. As such, Argentina could climb the hierarchy if they dominate Australia. “In this case, the Pumas will climb to seventh place, while the Wallabies will fall to eighth position and Wales to ninth, unless the gap between the two teams is greater than 15 points“, explains World Rugby. The game of musical chairs begins with the kick off of the Rugby Championship. Very clever whoever can give the name of the nation placed in first place at the end of 2022.

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