Alun Wyn Jones Why Wales defeat shows they are not yet ready for top world ranking

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Wales have a few things to ‘tidy up’
World Cup warm-up: Wales v England
Venue: Principality Stadium, CardiffDate: Saturday, 17 AugustKick-off: 14:15 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC 5 Live Extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary

It was good while it lasted.

For just over 24 hours, Wales were ranked unofficially the best side in the world following Australia’s 47-26 victory over New Zealand in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

But Warren Gatland’s men failed to make it an official crowning after losing 33-19 to England at Twickenham in Sunday’s World Cup warm-up game.

This means the All Blacks stay top of the official World Rugby rankings when they are published on Monday and continue their 10-year dominance.

Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson said he felt that number one tag had weighed on Wales at Twickenham.

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Wales certainly demonstrated they still have some work to do to be considered the world’s best side as they produced a disjointed performance.

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Gatland insists, though, that being number one only matters after the Rugby World Cup final on 2 November in Japan.

“I think some people mentioned it [being ranked number one] yesterday,” said Gatland.

“It’s a nice accolade but the biggest prize is a couple of months away in Japan. W

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