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Le Pays de Galles est sorti du Top 10 mondial

Par Willy Billiard
Dewi Lake, du Pays de Galles, après le quart de finale de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby France 2023 entre le Pays de Galles et l'Argentine au Stade Vélodrome, le 14 octobre 2023 à Marseille, en France. (Photo par David Rogers/Getty Images)

Un week-end exceptionnel de rugby international a entraîné de nombreux changements dans le classement mondial masculin World Rugby, avec la sortie du Pays de Galles du top 10 pour la première fois de son histoire.

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Les Fidji les ont remplacés après avoir battu la Géorgie 21-12 à Batumi vendredi 5 juillet, tandis que le Pays de Galles s’est incliné 25-16 face à l’Australie à Sydney le lendemain.

Désormais, Warren Gatland est l’homme qui a dirigé le Pays de Galles alors qu’il était en tête du classement (à la veille de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby 2019) et aussi à son plus bas.

Les Wallabies, qui risquaient également de tomber à leur plus bas niveau historique (11e) en cas de défaite, ont au contraire gagné une place, dépassant une équipe italienne qui a perdu une avance de 10 points pour s’incliner 33-25 face aux Samoa à Apia.

De leur côté, les Samoa ont dépassé la Géorgie et sont désormais les mieux classées des deux équipes, à la 13e place.

Pendant ce temps, en tête du classement, l’Afrique du Sud a augmenté son avance sur l’Irlande à 4,49 points après avoir battu les champions du Tournoi des Six Nations 27-20 à Pretoria.

La Nouvelle-Zélande ayant battu l’Angleterre 16-15, il ne reste plus qu’un quart de point entre les Irlandais et les All Blacks, qui occupent les deuxième et troisième places.

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L’écart entre la France, quatrième, et l’Angleterre, cinquième, s’est légèrement creusé après que les Bleus, inexpérimentés, ont battu l’Argentine 28-13 à Mendoza.

L’Ecosse n’a pas été récompensée pour sa large victoire 73-12 sur le Canada en raison de l’écart important entre les deux équipes, et les hommes de Gregor Townsend restent à la sixième position.

Plus bas dans le classement, la courte défaite des Etats-Unis face à la Roumanie à Chicago (22-20) a fait perdre une place aux Eagles masculins, qui occupent désormais le 18e rang. L’Uruguay les remplace à la 17e place.

La victoire 22-17 du Chili contre Hongkong China a permis aux Condores de se hisser à la 21e place et d’atteindre la meilleure position de leur histoire, le Canada et la Namibie perdant du terrain.

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La défaite 19-16 de Singapour à domicile face à Chinese Taipei lors du dernier match de l’Unions Cup 2024 a coûté cher puisque l’équipe est désormais classée cinq places plus bas, à la 60e.

La victoire 18-12 de la Thaïlande sur Chinese Taipei en début de semaine lui a permis de gagner six places et de se hisser au 73e rang.

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Nick 4 hours ago
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