Ireland have moved up to a highest ever second place in the latest World Rugby Rankings behind the All Blacks after beating Wales 35-21 in a World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Saturday.
South Africa’s shock 25 – 37 Rugby Championship loss to Argentina in Durban sees the Springboks drop three places to 5th, behind England who are stable in fourth place.
Australia climb two places to third after Saturday’s 27-19 win over the All Blacks which secured them their first-ever Rugby Championship title.
Argentina’s famous win over South Africa sees the Pumas move above France into seventh, while Wales hold onto sixth despite their defeat.
The Springboks travel to South America for a game against Argentina on Saturday. There will be a lot of pressure on the team to secure a win prior to the Rugby World Cup, which starts next month.