WORLD RANKINGS: Boks poised to move into second!

There will be plenty at stake when the Boks and All Blacks clash in Johannesburg on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 17:05.

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Notably, World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for round two of the Rugby Championship this weekend, with these being the key highlights below:

South Africa will climb above France into second with victory over New ZealandNew Zealand will climb back above England if they avoid defeat in South AfricaThe All Blacks must win by more than 15 points to climb to third and be the higher ranked of the two nations. A win by a smaller margin would still leave South Africa 0.02 rating points better off than New ZealandNew Zealand can fall no lower than fifth even with an emphatic defeat as Australia cannot gain enough points in victory to leapfrog them

More specifically, if the Boks can win by more than 15 points – as they did last weekend – then they will move to 89.96 rankings points, just 0.7 points shy of leaders Ireland on 90.03.

*If South Africa win by 15 points or less – South Africa 89.78, New Zealand 85.76

*If South Africa win by more than 15 points – South Africa 89.96, New Zealand 85.57

* Draw – South Africa 88.78, New Zealand 86.76

*If New Zealand win by 15 points or less – South Africa 87.78, New Zealand 87.76

*If New Zealand win by more than 15 points – South Africa 86.96, New Zealand 88.57

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Boks v All Blacks Head-to-head

Played 102 – New Zealand leads 60-38 with four drawsPoints for: South Africa 1,651 / New Zealand 2,108 (avg. score: 16-21)Highest score: South Africa 46 (46-40 on 19 August, 2000) / New Zealand 57 (57-0 on 16September, 2017 / 57-15 on 8 October, 2016)Biggest winning margin: South Africa 17 (17-0 on 30 June, 1928) / New Zealand 57 (57-0 on 16September, 2017)First met: 13 August, 1921 – New Zealand 13-5 South Africa – Carisbrook, DunedinLast met: 6 August, 2022 – South Africa 26-10 New Zealand – Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

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TOP 10 IN THE LATEST WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS:

1. Ireland – 90.03

2. France – 89.41

3. South Africa – 89.41

4. England – 86.25

5. New Zealand – 86.13

6. Australia – 83.30

7. Scotland – 81.93

8. Wales – 81.28

9. Argentina – 79.32

10. Japan – 77.74

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