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Wales slip in world rankings
ESPN Staff
June 17, 2013

Six Nations champions Wales have dropped to 6th place in the latest International Rugby Board world rankings following their shock defeat to Japan on Saturday.

Japan's 23-8 victory in Tokyo, their first ever success against a side ranked in the world's top 10, sees them close the gap on 14th-placed Fiji while France climb above Wales into 5th place despite their 30-0 defeat at the hands of No.1 side New Zealand. Second-placed South Africa kept the pressure on the All Blacks with a 30-17 win against 11th-placed Scotland.

England remain in 4th place following their 51-26 win against 9th-placed Argentina in Buenos Aires, Samoa cemented their 7th place with a 39-10 victory over 12th-placed Italy in Nelspruit and Ireland are ranked 8th having beaten 13th-placed Canada 40-14 in Toronto.

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