Provisional update to world rankings, All Blacks increase lead

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The IRB World Rankings will be confirmed on Tuesday (NZT).

Samoa, who defeated Wales in Cardiff on Friday, will be in ninth, but only 0.16 ratings points behind Wales in eighth. Samoa face France next Saturday.

Australia strengthened their grip on a top-four seeding for the RWC 2015 Pool Allocation Draw by defeating England at Twickenham. France have also taken a big step towards being amongst the top four for the December-3 pool draw after they defeated Argentina by 17 points in Lille. France will be in fourth in Monday's rankings, more than three ratings points ahead of England in fifth.

Latest provisional IRB World Rankings - top 12

1 NZL 92.91
2 RSA 86.05
3 AUS 85.94
4 FRA 84.99
5 ENG 81.96
6 ARG 79.89
7 IRE 79.04
8 WAL 78.95
9 SAM 78.79
10 SCO 77.42
11 ITA 76.61
12 TGA 74.51

A full review of the IRB World Rankings will appear shortly after midday UK time on Monday on This will be followed, on Tuesday, by a rankings preview, looking ahead to the permutations for matches on 24 November.