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For all the talk of Wales potentially reaching the top of the World Rugby Rankings at the All Blacks’ expense, it was two of Eddie Jones’ former teams – Australia and Japan – and his current employers England who were the headline acts of the past weekend.

Taking Japan for starters, the Brave Blossoms continued their impressive pre-Rugby World Cup 2019 form by dispatching the USA 34-20 in Suva to claim the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and also earn enough rating points to leapfrog Fiji, who ended the tournament with a 10-3 win against Samoa, and Argentina in the rankings.

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With an overall rating of 77.21 points, Jamie Joseph’s side now find themselves ranked ninth, equalling their previous best position which was last held in February 2016, five months after they’d s

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