High Five | Scotland reach highest-ever World Rugby Ranking

High Five | Scotland reach highest-ever World Rugby Ranking

Scotland reached an all-time high of fifth place in the World Rugby Rankings today following Saturday’s 29-13 win over Wales at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 14.41.21The national team leapfrogged their vanquished opponents and the Springboks in the rankings, which were first introduced in October 2003, having gained 1.28 rating points.

Scotland are now on 82.18 points, knowing that victory over England at Twickenham in a fortnight’s time would not only keep their RBS 6 Nations title bid on track but also make them firm favourites to claim a top-four spot by the time the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw takes place on 10 May.

Watched by British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, a number of Scotland players will have done their chances of flying off to New Zealand on tour no harm whatsoever, notably man of the match Finn Russell who took to the goal-kicking duties with aplomb in the absence of injured captain Greig Laidlaw.

The stand-off was successful with all seven of his attempts at goal, kicking five penalties and converting both of Scotland’s tries scored by wingers Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser.

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