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Joe Schmidt's Ireland drop to sixth in the world after England defeat

The Kiwi head coach probably won’t mind too much.

IRELAND HAVE DROPPED to sixth place in the latest World Rugby rankings following Saturday’s defeat to England at Twickenham.

Joe Schmidt Joe Schmidt's men have dropped down the official ladder. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Joe Schmidt’s men had moved up to second in the world for the first time ever after their comprehensive win over a poor Wales team in Cardiff last month.

However, defeats to Wales and now Stuart Lancaster’s England have seen Ireland slip down the official rankings to sixth position.

It means New Zealand, Australia and South Africa will go into the World Cup as the top three ranked sides, with hosts England jumping to fourth and Wales occupying fifth position.

Rankings The top 10 in World Rugby's latest rankings. Source: World Rugby

France, Ireland’s Pool D opponents, are in seventh position, while Argentina, Fiji and Scotland make up the top 10.

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