Top ten rugby teams as of 2018
Once the dust had settled after the November rugby internationals, the official World Rugby rankings showed that little had changed among the Top Ten rugby teams.
In fact, the only difference in the table compared with the start of November is that Fiji had moved up from 10th place to 8th, pushing down France and Argentina by one spot each.
This was no surprise, as Fiji had beaten France for the first time ever in a mighty upset to finish their tour on a high. The Fijians had lost to Scotland two weeks previously, however. So they quite rightly sit one spot behind the Scots.
All in all, then, all is as they should be. France are above Argentina, whom they beat; Fiji are above France; Scotland above Fiji; and England are higher than South Africa and Australia, both of whom they vanquished.
Ditto with Wales, who beat Australia and South Africa en route to their first clean sweep (they also beat Scotland and Tonga).
All is right, except for one: Ireland beat New Zealand for the first time in Dublin. But that was not enough to displace the All Blacks from top spot in the rankings. However, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen does concede that, at the moment, the Irish are top dogs and have the bragging rights.
Watch the videos below to see how the top teams finished their autumn series and sealed their ranking spots. (Click on arrow at top-right to play video)