Boks fall to sixth in latest World Rugby rankings

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South Africa have dropped to sixth in the latest World Rugby rankings.

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The Boks endured a miserable 2016 — losing eight of their 12 Tests — and their fall to sixth equals their lowest ranking since they began in 2003.

Wales, who beat South Africa on Saturday, rise to fifth while Ireland stay in fourth despite beating third-place Australia at the weekend.

New Zealand stay at the top of the rankings, with England in second, while Tonga rise to 14th.

The rankings will decide the seedings for the 2019 Rugby World Cup with the draw set to take place in May, 2017.

The end-of-year Tests were the final chance for the southern hemisphere sides to improve their position in the rankings which means as things stand, Argentina, Fiji, Japan and Georgia will be third-ranked seeds for next year’s draw.

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