Liam Williams Wales beats England to rise to No. 1, one month ahead of Rugby World Cup

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CARDIFF, WALES –Wales became the No. 1-ranked test team for the first time after a 13-6 rebound win against England at home on Saturday, a month out from the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Just six days after being thrashed by England 33-19 at Twickenham, Wales dominated the rematch. It scored the only try to deservedly win the first half 10-0, and produced a typically strong defensive effort in Cardiff to hold down England in the second.

Wales became only the fourth team to reach No. 1 since the rankings began in 2003 and replaced New Zealand, which had held the top spot since November 2009. The All Blacks were far more impressive hours earlier in their own 36-0 rebound win over Australia in Auckland, but Wales coach Warren Gatland was rapt that his players delivered the response he demanded after they were humbled on Aug. 11.

Gatland was even more impressed his patched-up side held together.

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