Japan jump Scotland in rugby rankings

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Japan jump Scotland in rugby rankings

World Cup giantkillers Japan have moved above Scotland in the world rankings in a psychological boost two days ahead of their Rugby World Cup clash.

The Brave Blossoms’ thrilling 34-32 victory over two-time world champions South Africa on Saturday pushed them up from 13th to 11th in the rankings on Monday.

The Scots dropped from 10th to 12th although that is mainly because they have not played yet in the World Cup.

South Africa drop three places to sixth spot, with hosts England replacing them at No.3 followed by Wales and Ireland.

Defending champions New Zealand top the rankings with bitter Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in second – lending more credence to Pool A being the pool of death as the teams ranked No.2 to No.4 are all in it.

The biggest risers are Georgia whose surprise win over Tonga on Saturday sees them rise from 16th to 13th.

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