The once mighty All Blacks have slumped to fifth place in the latest World Rugby rankings following their 26-10 hiding at the hands of the Springboks at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
The world champion Springboks proved far too strong for an All Blacks side which has long since lost its aura of invincibility.
They have also lost five of their last six Tests and now find themselves in their lowest ranking position of all time.
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It’s difficult to see how Ian Foster’s men can turn things around in the space of seven days before the two sides meet again, this time at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, 13 August.
Meanwhile, in Saturday’s other Rugby Championship Test, the Wallabies beat the Pumas 41-26 in Mendoza.
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Top 10 in the latest World Rugby rankings:
1. Ireland – 90.03
2. France – 89.41
3. South Africa – 89.41
4. England – 86.25
5. New Zealand – 86.13
6. Australia – 83.30
7. Scotland – 81.93
8. Wales – 81.28
9. Argentina – 79.32
10. Japan – 77.74
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