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All Blacks look to go top of Zurich World Rankings

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Their three wins in this year's Tri-Nations has put them on course for the competition's first clean sweep since South Africa's campaign in 1998 as well as giving them a chance to finally re-claim the Bledisloe Cup that they lost in the same year.

New Zealand were the top-ranked team for 2001-02 but were overtaken by by England back in November 2002 and Clive Woodward's team were later able to consolidate their position with a Six Nations Grand Slam as well as away wins over New Zealand and Australia in June.

However, New Zealand's big wins over South Africa and Australia on their Tri-Nations travels has put them in an ideal position to mount a challenge on England's position although their smaller than expected home win over struggling South Africa has made the job a little harder.

In terms of the bigger global picture, New Zealand's dominance of the Tri-Nations and England's unbeaten run has seen a clear gap emerge between the top two sides in the world and the chasing pack with world champions and third-placed team Australia some 149 rankings points behind New Zealand before the weekend's games.

Meanwhile, the Springboks, despite their win over Australia on the opening Tri-Nations weekend, will now go in to the 2003 Rugby World Cup at an all-time low in the Zurich World Rankings.

The 1995 World Champions have slipped to just 1006 points in fifth place, a figure that contrasts sharply with their tally in late 1998 when they accumulated a record 1317 rankings points.

Matches involving uncapped England XV, NZ Maori, South Africa 'A' and USA 'A' have not been accounted for in this month's calculations.

Zurich World Rankings (as of August 10, 2003):

1 England 12872 New Zealand 1271 (+61)3 Australia 1122 (-31)4 France 10965 South Africa 1006 (-36)6 Ireland 8827 Argentina 7988 Scotland 7729 Wales 68710 Samoa 675 (+11)11 Italy 59312 Canada 59113 Fiji 559 (-8)14 Tonga 527 (+10)15 Japan 45716 United States 40717 Romania 38318 Georgia 359 19 Uruguay 307(+1) 20 Portugal 292

(-1) 21 Namibia 290 (-4)22 Russia 276 23 Morocco 25824 Tunisia 25425 Chile 25126= Cote d'Ivoire 23726= Czech Republic 23728 Spain 23429 Cook Islands 23030 Korea 22831 Germany 22532 Ukraine 22433 Poland 21934 Netherlands 21835 Denmark 21136 Croatia 21037 Slovenia 20738 Switzerland 204(+1) 39 Brazil 198(+1) 40 Latvia 197

(-2) 41= Zimbabwe 196 (-5)(+1) 41= Sweden 19643 Belgium 19344 Papua New Guinea 193 45 Chinese Taipei 19046 Hong Kong 18847 Paraguay 17148 Madagascar 173 (+4)(+1) 49 Kenya 167 (+9) (-1) 50 Arabian Gulf 16351 Yugoslavia 15052 Trinidad and Tobago 14753 Hungary 14054 Austria 13555 Bermuda 132 56 Andorra 13157 Malaysia 12658 Thailand 12559 Moldova 12160 China 119

61 Singapore 11262 Uganda 111 (+10)63 Lithuania 9864= Zambia 9364= Kazakhstan 93(+1) 66 Sri Lanka 91(-1) 67 Botswana 88 (-4)68 Venezuela 8769= Cameroon 7969= Cayman Islands 7971 Israel 7772 Tahiti 7273 Bosnia 7074 Malta 6675 Bulgaria 5876 Luxembourg 5777 Niue Island 5578 Jamaica 4879= Solomon Islands 3779= Peru 3781 Monaco 3682 Swaziland 3483 Barbados 2984= Mexico 2684= Norway 2686= Bahamas 2486= Guyana 2488 Vanuatu 2389 Colombia 20

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