Ireland fall below Wales in World Rugby Rankings

Ireland fall below Wales in World Rugby Rankings

Warren Gatland's side produced a suffocating performance in Cardiff which Ireland had no answer for as they eased to a 25-7 victory over Joe Schmidt's side.

Ireland have dropped to third place in the latest World Rugby Rankings, following a disappointing defeat to Wales in their Six Nations finale over the weekend.

Indisciplined Ireland were a shadow of the team that pulled off a Grand Slam previous year and Wales took full advantage, Anscombe adding another three penalties in the second half in a flawless kicking display to take his tally to 20 points.

Elsewhere, there is no movement, but Scotland and France have closed the gap on those above them as a result of their performances today.

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The last team to win a Six Nations Grand Slam in a World Cup year were England in 2003 - and they ended up being crowned world champions.

France's hard-fought 25-14 win over Italy saw their rating improve by 0.70 of a point (78.44 to 79.41).

Following their enthralling 38-38 draw, fourth-ranked England's ratings tally was reduced by one point (87.27 to 86.27), while seventh-placed Scotland gained a point (79.17 to 80.17).

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