Alun Wyn Jones Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks loss means Wales are unofficially top of World Rugby’s rankings

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The All Blacks are no longer the number one side in world rugby.

Wales have unofficially taken that honour following Australia’s 47-26 win over the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship last night.

The All Blacks have provisionally slipped off the top spot for the first time in 10 years following their controversial loss.
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However it could be shortlived if Wales don’t beat England at Twickenham on Monday morning (NZT) in the first of two tests dubbed as ‘warm-ups’ ahead of the World Cup.

Wales will officially be ranked top on Tuesday (NZT) if they win.

South Africa were the last side to be ranked above the All Blacks as number one in the world, in November 2009, with New Zealand since winning the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Warren Gatland’s side are currently boast a 14-match winning sequence, including a rare win against Australia in November, 2019.

This includes a third Grand Slam since the New Zealander took charge of Wales ahead of the 2008 Six Nations.

The last of those triumphs came as Wales won the 2019 with victory over Ireland in Cardiff in March.

Wales officially being ranked number one in the world would be the first time since the system was introduced in 2003.

Following the 16-16 draw to South Africa in Wellington, the All Blacks held a 1.58 point lead in the rankings over Wales. But last night’s loss in Perth saw the All Blacks drop by 1.66 points and into second spot, according to Wales Online.


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