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World Rankings: Springboks start the year miles ahead!

With the Six Nations about to get under way, here is a reminder of just how far the Springboks are ahead of the chasing pack.

Under-18 coach Springboks youngster

the Springboks celebrate. Image via Instagram @moodie_c13

Following on from the Springboks’ triumphant World Cup campaign, South Africa boast 94.54 points in the world ruby rankings, while Ireland are next best in second with 90.57, having moved above the All Blacks after their loss in the RWC final.

Beaten quarter-finalists, France, are fourth, England sit fifth, while Scotland are sixth despite exiting in the pool stages of the World Cup.

These Six Nations teams will all hope to earn significant rankings points during the upcoming tournament, which kicks off in early February.

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The Springboks start the year on a high

1 South Africa 94.54
2 Ireland 90.57
3 New Zealand 89.80
4 France 87.81
5 England 85.46
6 Scotland 83.43
7 Argentina 80.68
8 Wales 80.64
9 Australia 77.48
10 Fiji 76.38
11 Italy 75.93
12 Japan 74.27
13 Portugal 72.78
14 Georgia 72.68
15 Samoa 72.23
16 Tonga 71.57
17 (18) USA 67.94
18 (17) Uruguay 67.39
19 (20) Romania 63.28
20 (19) Spain 62.86

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SIX NATIONS 2024 FIXTURES

Round 1

Fri 2 Feb, France v Ireland (21:00)
Sat 3 Feb, Italy v England (15:15)
Sat 3 Feb, Wales v Scotland (17:45)

Round 2

Sat 10 Feb, Scotland v France (15:15)
Sat 10 Feb, England v Wales (17:45)
Sun 11 Feb, Ireland v Italy (16:00)

Round 3

Sat 24 Feb, Ireland v Wales (15:15)
Sat 24 Feb, Scotland v England (17:45)
Sun 25 Feb, France v Italy (16:00)

Round 4

Sat 9 March, Italy v Scotland (15:15)
Sat 11 March, England v Ireland (17:45)
Sun 12 March, Wales v France (16:00)

Round 5

Sat 16 March, Wales v Italy (15:15)
Sat 16 March, Ireland v Scotland (17:45)
Sat 16 March, France v England (21:00)

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