Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks lose top spot on rankings

Along with losing the title as world champions, the All Blacks have again lost the top spot in world rugby's rankings.

Following the completion of both semi-finals at the Rugby World Cup, England has gone to top spot for the first time since 2004, while South Africa is now second, meaning the All Blacks have dropped to third. 

England's rise comes at the expense of New Zealand, after they beat the All Blacks 19-7 to reach the World Cup final, while South Africa's rise follows their 19-16 triumph over Wales. 

Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks lose top spot on rankings

Prior to the World Cup, the All Blacks lost the top spot in the rankings for the first time since 2009 when Ireland went top, but New Zealand reclaimed it, only to lose to it Wales. 

But after the All Blacks beat South Africa in their tournament opener, they went back top. 

England and South Africa will battle for the world title this weekend, in a repeat of the 2007 final, while the All Blacks and Wales will battle in the third/fourth playoff.  

The outcome of the match could see the rankings change again. 

Join us for live updates of the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England from 10pm on Saturday, November 2. 

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