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All Blacks officially fall to lowest ever ranking care of Willie Le Roux

By Ian Cameron
All Blacks coach Ian Foster (L) with Ardie Savea of the All Blacks (C) and Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks (R) during the first Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 07, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

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The struggling All Blacks have fallen to their lowest-ever position in the World Rugby rankings – and it’s all thanks to Willie Le Roux.

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Their 26-10 loss at the hands of the Springboks in Nelspruit means that they have fallen to fifth and have been leapfrogged by Eddie Jones’ England, who jump to fourth. Le Roux’s late try meant that South Africa finished the game more than 15 points ahead of Ian Foster’s side.

If it wasn’t for Le Roux they would have kept their spot.

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The Springboks’ position remains unchanged in third. They are actually at the same amount of points as France at 89.41 but Les Bleus rating is higher when rounding up to three decimal places, according to World Rugby.

Ireland are sitting pretty at No.1, their longest-ever time in the top spot, having previously spent two weeks there in 2019.

Dave Rennie’s Wallabies win over Michael Cheika’s Argentina in Mendoza means there’s no change further down the table.

The margin of victory for the Springboks was their biggest over the All Blacks since 1928 and up there with New Zealand’s heaviest defeats.

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It all adds even more pressure on the Foster regime, which could all come to an end next weekend.

The All Blacks must play a second Test against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg — the Boks’ favorite ground — and Foster’s job is hanging by a thread, as is the future of flanker Sam Cane as the leader of the team.

Rugby’s most successful team was already in the midst of its worst run in 24 years after last month’s shock against Ireland and is dangerously close to its worst set of results ever.

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Another loss against the world champions next Saturday would see Foster fired, New Zealand media has reported, throwing the All Blacks into some turmoil just over a year out from the Rugby World Cup in France.

additional reporting AAP

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