3 Mar 2009

England slip to lowest world ranking of eighth

10:28 am on 3 March 2009

New Zealand, South Africa and Australia remain the top three of rugby's world rankings wioth Argentina fourth.

England's Six Nations loss to Ireland in Dublin has sent them to eighth their lowest position since the IRB'srankings system began six years ago.

And after briefly enjoyed a highest-ever position of fourth, Wales slipped back to fifth after losing to France in Paris.

Ireland remain sixth ahead of France, England and Scotland.