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Cardiff –Walestop the world rugby rankings for the first time in their history but coachWarren Gatlandwas more pleased with the character they showed in the gritty 13-6 win over England on Saturday.

George North’s converted try – his 38th for his country – was the difference between the sides with Wales replacing world champions New Zealand at the top of the rankings.

England looked a shadow of the side that beat Wales 33-19 at Twickenham last Sunday, their lack of punch in attack reflected by failing to score a point in the first-half for the first time since the 2011 World Cup match with France. 

The All Blacks had held the spot for almost a decade – reaching the pinnacle in the standings in November 2009 — and their 36-0 demolition of Australia earlier

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