Wales replace All Blacks at the top of world rankings

New Zealand missed Sonny Bill Williams who returns on Saturday in their defeat to Australia

New Zealand missed Sonny Bill Williams who returns on Saturday in their defeat to Australia

The Rugby World Cup is fast approaching and we have a new side at the top of the world rankings.

Despite retaining the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday with a magnificent 36-0 demolition of Australia at Eden Park, the All Blacks are no longer the best team in the world - at least according to the rankings. Ask yourself how that works.

Having defeated England 13-6 in Cardiff on Saturday, after being beaten 33-19 by the same opposition a week before, Wales moved ahead of the All Blacks into top spot for the first time since the ranking system was introduced back in 2003.

"I've never understood the (ranking) system".

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New Zealand's almost ten year reign at the top of the official World Rugby Rankings is over.

It means Hansen, who steps down as All Blacks head coach after this year's World Cup, will have defended the Bledisloe Cup since joining the team in 2004 as Sir Graham Henry's assistant.

The overwhelming victory, just seven days after suffering a record loss to the Australians, saw the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup for a 17th straight year. "Now they've got the expectation", he added. Former Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones joins the show to talk about the new-found pressure on Warren Gatland's side heading into the World Cup this autumn.

New Zealand coach Gatland admitted his side "won't be shouting from the rooftops" their new status but said he expects "lots of Kiwi journalists will be saying it's a joke".

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