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Wales moved top of the world rankings as they avenged last weekend’s defeat to England with a hard-fought 13-6 win in Cardiff.
The result means on Monday, when the next world rankings are released officially, Warren Gatland’s men will sit at the summit for the first time since World Rugby introduced the ranking system in 2003.
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Wales’ rise to the summit ends New Zealand’s unbroken 10-year occupation at the top, which comes just 34 days before the World Cup kicks off in Japan.
It was an impressive warm-up performance for the global tournament as they reeled off an 11th successive home win.
A fired-up Wales, fielding a near full-strength side against a more mixed England line-up for the second game in a row, scored the only try of an error-strewn encounter through winger George North.
First-five and man-of-the-match Dan Biggar, in the spotlight following injured Gareth Anscombe being ruled out of the looming World Cup, impressed with a smart cross-field kick for North’s try after England’s Anthony Watson had been yellow- carded.
Wales coach Gatland was pleased with the character shown by his side in the match.
“I said to the boys in the changing room we have to show massive
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