11 Oct 2016

Rankings confirm All Blacks light years ahead

10:02 am on 11 October 2016

Rugby's latest world rankings have reaffirmed what has been apparent for the last two months - the All Blacks are light years ahead of the chasing pack.

New Zealand have climbed to the highest points total of any team since the rankings were introduced in 2003, sitting on 96.57.

All Blacks celebrate their Rugby Championship success.

All Blacks celebrate their Rugby Championship success. Photo: Photosport

The gap between the All Blacks in first and England in second is 7.08 points - the biggest margin between the top two sides ever held - comes after the All Balcks' dominant 3-nil home series win over Wales and an unchallenged romp through the Rugby Championship.

Currently on a world record equalling 17-Test winning run, the All Blacks haven't budged from the top spot since claiming it from the Springboks seven years ago.

South Africa's recent woes are reflected in a drop to fourth behind Australia, while Argentina's slipped to ninth after finishing last in the Rugby Championship.

World Rugby rankings

World Rugby rankings Photo: World Rugby