The XV of France will take power in the World Rugby rankings on Monday.
France, victorious over Japan 20-15 on Saturday in Tokyo, will become world No.1 on Monday, a first since the establishment of the ranking in 2003, according to projections by World Rugby, the governing body of world rugby.
Fabien Galthié’s men, undefeated this season with ten victories in a row, also a first in the history of the XV of France, will now overtake South Africa, the previous world No.1, beaten by Wales on the thread (13-12).
If the world champion Springboks had won, they would have remained at the top of the world rankings, but their defeat, combined with the Blues’ second victory in Japan and an All Blacks loss of less than 15 points against Ireland ( 23-12) allows the French to get ahead of them in the next ranking which will be published on Monday.
South Africa will even drop to third place in the standings, overtaken by Ireland who signed a historic success in New Zealand against the All Blacks on Saturday in Dunedin. The New Zealanders thus fell from second to fourth place, their worst place since the establishment of the world ranking.