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Buoyant England look to consolidate No.1 ranking

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The Zurich World Rankings are predicting England to come away with a 10-point win over the Wallabies on Saturday to record their first ever win on Australian soil.

However, such is the gap now between them and New Zealand in second that even should Clive Woodward's men lose the game they can still expect to hold on to their No.1 spot – at least until the Tri-Nations gets underway later in July.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will look to keep the pressure on England as they prepare to entertain Wales, the computer predicting a near-record win for the All Blacks over a struggling Wales side who are currently in their worst ever losing streak in international rugby.

Elswhere, France need to bounce back from their upset defeat at the hands of Argentina last weekend with the rankings expecting them to see off Argentina in the second Test and hold on to their fourth spot.

However, a win for Argentina would not only seal the series triumph but place the Pumas at an all-time high in the Zurich World Rankings in seventh place.

The next full Zurich World Rankings update will follow on July 1.

Predictions for June 18/19/20:

Canada (11) v United States (16)Canada by 28 points.

Australia (3) v England (1)England by 10 points.

New Zealand (2) v Wales (9)NZ by 44 points.

Argentina (8) v France (4)France by 16 points.

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