After France’s 15th victory over Japan (20-15), Saturday, and defeating New Zealand and South Africa, the Blues settle, on Monday, at the top of the classification.
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Big blue sky over the fifteenth of France. Fabian Galthe’s men, who are unbeaten this season with 10 straight wins – including another on Saturday 9 July against Japan (20-15) – will take the lead in the rankings, a first Since the classification was created in 2003. The Blues ascended the occupied throne until then South Africa, Wales hit it with wires (12-13).
The Springboks, the world champions, needed success to stay on top of the standings, but their defeat, combined with the Blues’ second win in Japan and the All Blacks’ less than 15-point loss against Ireland (12-23), allowed that. The French are ahead of them in the next ranking to be published on Monday.
South Africa will even drop to third in the standings, overtaking Ireland, who signed a historic victory in New Zealand against the All Blacks on Saturday in Dunedin. The New Zealanders, for their part, fell from second to fourth place, their worst place since the world rankings were established.
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