17 Nov 2009

All Blacks number one again

5:53 am on 17 November 2009

The All Blacks have regained the number one spot in the IRB world rugby rankings.

The All Blacks did not improve their own rating with a 20-6 victory over Italy at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, but regain the place they lost in July as a result of South Africa suffering a 20-13 loss to France in Toulouse.

Australia stay third in the rankings, France rise to 4th, Ireland slip to 5th, England are 6th, followed by Argentina, Wales, Scotland and Fiji.

John Kirwan's Japan have reached their highest ever ranking of 13th