SA teams rising up world rankings- 6 Mar 2012 00:00:00
The South African rugby and cricket teams are both on the charge up the world rankings in their respective sports. The Proteas begin a three-match test series against New Zealand from Wednesday, knowing a whitewash would see them leapfrog England to the summit, while the Springboks have moved up one position in the latest rankings to third.
Ranked No 2 behind England, the South Africa cricket team has already demonstrated its superiority over eighth-ranked New Zealand in shorter formats, winning the Twenty20 series 2-1 and the one-day international series 3-0.
The Boks are now ranked third, with France moving down one position after their 17-all Six Nations draw against Ireland in Paris on Sunday.
World champions New Zealand still top the rankings with 91.43 points, followed by Australia on 87.99. The Springboks have 84.34 points, with the French now narrowly behind on 84.20.
The only other movers on the list this week are the Irish, who edged past Argentina into seventh position on 80.30 points.
Wales (82.62) and England (81.34) occupy fifth and sixth spot respectively.