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The International Rugby Board (IRB) released updated rankings Thursday that indicate England’s, and not Ireland’s, status for the 2019/20 European Rugby Championship.
New Zealand, as expected, retained its dominance. The Red, White and Blue remains the clear second-place finisher and is on course to retain a European Champions Cup rugby crown. If these projections prove accurate, they would leave New Zealand with 84 points, after having earned 79 points from the Wallabies, the reigning champions.
Ireland is on 78 points, with England, Australia and France still in the mix for third place. France is the lone contender for fourth place, while Ireland and Wales will be looking to make progress this season. Their fifth and sixth teams, South Africa and Italy, complete the top 10.
Ireland’s inclusion on the revised rankings reflects its recent championship success, as well as the impact the nationals has had on the rankings rankings. The numbers reflect the result of matches held in Ireland and Ireland v. Wales, as well as organized matches.
Both in terms of rugby output, Ireland is ahead of Wales, with the Welsh outstripping Ireland at 24 points. In terms of score differential, Ireland and Ireland v. Wales stand on 22 points.
Ireland’s new rankings trail those of Wales by one point, a fact that may not be good news for both teams going into the 2019/20 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Sunday’s Premiership Rugby final between Leicester and London Irish draws 2.4 million viewers, a figure that equates to 85% of the total TV audience for all four televised matches in the Premiership.