The southern hemisphere has booked all four places in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, and now they occupy the top four positions in the world rankings.

That was the news on Monday morning when Argentina’s win over Ireland was enough to see them rise to 4th place in the rankings for the first tim since 2009.


South Africa’s nail-biting win over Wales on Saturday was enough to see them rise two places to third on the standings.

The biggest losers were Ireland, who dropped from 3rd to 6th on the standings.

The semi-finals take place this weekend. South Africa take on the All Blacks on Saturday while Argentina take on Australia on Sunday.


Top 10 World Rugby rankings:

1. New Zealand – 92.89

2. Australia – 90.93

3. South Africa – 86.8

4. Argentina – 85.07

5. Wales – 83.49

6. Ireland – 81.17

7. France – 79.77

8. England – 79.77

9. Scotland – 77.94

10. Japan – 77.05

WORLD RANKINGS: #ARG up to fourth & first time since March 2009 that its an all-southern hemisphere top four #RWC2015

— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) October 19, 2015

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