England drop to lowest World Rugby ranking in two years as losing streak reaches five

England's rugby team has taken another blow in their continued downward spiral in form after dropping to their lowest world ranking in two years.

England have fallen to fourth in the latest World Rugby rankings with the Wallabies jumping ahead of them into third.

The movement comes after England's 42-39 loss to the Springboks and the Wallabies' 18-9 win over Ireland over the weekend.

England has improved since Australian coach Eddie Jones took over the side following their embarrassing pool-play exit from the 2015 Rugby World Cup, climbing to second place on rankings 12 months ago while enjoying a record-equalling 18-win streak.

But 2018 has proven to be a rough season so far with England losing Six Nations games to Scotland, France and Ireland before their shock 63-45 defeat to the Barbarians last month.

With the loss to South Africa last weekend, they now own a five-game losing streak.

Elsewhere in the world rankings, the All Blacks remain in the top spot - a place they've held uncontested since 2009.

Ireland sit in second while Wales is fifth to round out the top five nations.

World Rugby rankings

1 - New Zealand 93.99
2 - Ireland 88.05
3 - Australia 86.56
4 - England 85.19
5 - Wales 85.13
6 - Scotland 83.83
7 - South Africa 83.81
8 - France 79.10
9 - Fiji 77.93
10 - Argentina 77.54

England's Alex Lozowski, center, runs with the ball during the rugby union international match between England and Samoa at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
England's Alex Lozowski runs with the ball during the rugby union international match between England and Samoa at Twickenham Source: Associated Press


Video: Sonny Bill Williams back at All Blacks training 12 days after surgery on right knee

The All Blacks were back on the training paddock today in Wellington, with star midfielder Sonny Bill Williams running freely 12 days after having knee surgery.

Williams is unlikely to play in this weekend's second Test against France.

But the cross-code star is expected to be available for next week's third Test against France in Dunedin.

The cross-code star is expected to available for NZ’s third Test against France in Dunedin. Source: 1 NEWS



'You've gotta make it your own' - Luke Whitelock on struggle of keeping Kieran Read out of All Blacks side

All Blacks number eight Luke Whitelock has revealed his mindset during the current series against France, tasked with the almighty job of keeping captain Kieran Read out of the side.

Whitelock, 27, was named at number eight for last week's opening Test against France, as Read continues his return from back surgery at the end of the 2017 season.

Speaking to media in Wellington this afternoon, Whitelock revealed the challenge of deputising for the All Blacks' captain.

Yet to return from back surgery, Read still put in the hard yards this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

"At the end of the day, I've just got to be the best that I can be," he said.

"Obviously Kieran is coming back from an injury, I guess when you do get an opportunity, you've got to try and take it with both hands, and try and make it your own."

Read has been training with the All Blacks during their current camp, hoping to return to Super Rugby for the Crusaders once their season resumes later this month.

The number eight is filling in at the back of the scrum for the regular captain against France. Source: 1 NEWS