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It's official, Ireland are the No.1 team in world rugby

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Keith Earls of Ireland and Peter O'Mahony of Ireland share a moment following the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Ireland at Sky Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Ireland have moved top of the men’s World Rugby rankings following their stunning Test series triumph against New Zealand.

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Andy Farrell’s team clinched the three-match series following a 32-22 victory over the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

And they have swapped positions with France to take top spot for only the second time since World Rugby launched its rankings system 19 years ago.

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Johnny Sexton and Andy Farrell after winning historic series in New Zealand | Ireland post-match press conference

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Johnny Sexton and Andy Farrell after winning historic series in New Zealand | Ireland post-match press conference

Ireland have also broken the 90-point rating mark for a first time, standing on 90.03, with France 0.62 behind.

Ireland previously headed the rankings for a two-week spell in September 2019.

World champions South Africa remain in third spot, with New Zealand fourth, while England stay fifth, just 0.68 adrift of New Zealand.

There is then a 4.08-point gap to Australia in sixth, with Scotland seventh, Wales eighth, Argentina ninth and Japan 10th.

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