Wales have climbed to No 1 in the World Rugby Rankings for the first time since it was introduced in October 2003, while South Africa have moved up to No 4.
New Zealand’s All Blacks had previously been at the top of the rankings for 509 consecutive weeks.
But, despite their Bledisloe Cup victory against Australia over the weekend, it wasn’t enough to prevent Wales from securing the top spot.
The Welsh’s charge to the summit of the rankings came courtesy of their victory over England at the weekend.
Wales’ rating has this week increased to 89.43 points, which is three-hundredths of a point ahead of New Zealand.
South Africa’s win against Argentina in Pretoria on Saturday saw them overtake England in the rankings.
The Springboks are up to fourth on 86.83 points, with England on 86.79.
Latest World Rankings (as of August 19):
1 Wales 89.43
2 New Zealand 89.40
3 Ireland 88.69
4 South Africa 86.83
5 England 86.79
6 Australia 84.05
7 France 80.58
8 Scotland 79.01
9 Japan 77.21
10 Fiji 76.98
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