Aug 19, 2019

Wales become rugby world no. 1, dethrone All Blacks after decade on top

Wales have snatched the mantle of the world’s number one rugby team after their 13-6 win over England — ending the 10-year reign of the All Blacks.

The odd occurrence came after New Zealand demoralised Australia at Eden Park on Saturday night, winning 36-0 and claiming the Bledisloe Cup for the 17th straight season.

But apparently that wasn’t enough as Wales edged ahead of the Kiwis, moving to 89.43 points, just ahead of the All Blacks on 89.40 points.

t’s left the world scratching their heads at the bizarre turn of events as the All Blacks’ time at the top ended after 509 weeks.

But Wales still have one mountain to climb — the side hasn’t defeated the All Blacks since 1953, which was the fourth meeting between the sides.

Wales actually won three of the first four games between the sides but since then the All Blacks have won the past 30 games.

The two teams haven’t played since November 2017, which will set up a mouth-watering clash if they meet in the World Cup.
Welsh coach Warren Gatland downplayed the achievement, pointing forward to the World Cup as the true test of their No. 1 credentials.

“It’s just a number, isn’t it,” Gatland said. “People will make a lot of it, it is a nice accolade to have, but it is all about the next few months and backing that up by performing well in the World Cup, and we’ve a couple of games against Ireland to go as well.