Scotland Men drop to eighth in world rankings

Argentina leap ahead of Gregor Townsend's side after Saturday's victory

Scotland have dropped to seventh in the world rankings. Image: © Craig Watson -
Scotland have dropped to eighth in the world rankings. Image: © Craig Watson -

SCOTLAND MEN have dropped from seventh to eighth in World Rugby’s official world ranking, with Argentina – the team they lost to on Saturday – leap-frogging ahead of Gregor Townsend’s side.

Scotland had reached fifth in the rankings, their highest position, when Townsend took over as head coach in June 2017, and although they dropped to sixth after losing to Fiji at the end of that summer tour, they did return to fifth after beating Australia and Samoa that November. They have bounced between sixth and ninth since the summer of 2018.

Scotland will have a chance to push back ahead of Argentina when the two sides meet for the second instalment of their three Test series next Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Australia climbed from fifth to sixth in the rankings after their victory over Eddie Jones’ side at the weekend, while New Zealand’s success over Ireland sees them shift up to third in the table, pushing France – who beat 10th ranked Japan – down to fourth.

Men’s World Rugby rankings: 1 South Africa, 2 New Zealand, 3 France, 4 Ireland, 5 Australia, 6 England, 7 Argentina, 8 Scotland, 9 Wales, 10 Japan.

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  1. Not only…David writes that New Zealand shift to third but table has them second.
    Maybe Scotland are first!!

  2. David
    Have you been on the sauce since Saturday’s loss to Argentina?
    Your written descriptions don’t match the rankings at the bottom of your article.
    Surely Australia climbed from 6th to 5 th rather than climbing from 5th to 6 th?
    Not to worry the main thing is we now eighth.

    • Maybe he is with the touring party and therefore doesn’t know what position anyone will be : )

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