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Some significant changes occurred in the World Rugby rankings from the start of the RWC on September 18 to the end of Pool Play on October 11.

Rising: Japan (+4), Ireland (+3), Italy (+3), Argentina (+2)

Falling: England (-4), Samoa (-3), South Africa (-2), Tonga (-2), Fiji (-2)

Teams                         Sept. 18.          Oct.12

New Zealand                1                      1

Australia                        2                      2

South Africa                 3                      5▼

England                         4                      8▼

Wales                             5                      4▲

Ireland                          6                      3▲

France                           7                      7

Argentina                     8                        6▲

Fiji                                  9                      11▼

Scotland                      10                      9▲

Tonga                           11                    13▼

Samoa                          12                    15▼

Georgia                        13                    14▼

Japan                           14                    10▲

Italy                              15                    12▲

USA                               16                    16

Romania                      17                    17

Canada                        18                    18

Uruguay                       19                    19

Namibia                       20                    20