New Zealand
All Blacks best team in history of World Rankings
AAP
November 2, 2015
All Blacks enjoying life as champions

New Zealand have scaled the highest peak in the history of rugby's world rankings, with the All Blacks having 96.10 points after their Rugby World Cup victory against No.2-ranked Australia in the final at Twickenham on Saturday.

Their points tally is the highest attained by any team in the complex rankings system introduced in 2003.

New Zealand's Keven Mealamu poses with an All Blacks supporter, Heathrow Airport, London, November 2, 2015
New Zealand's Keven Mealamu poses with an All Blacks supporter at Heathrow Airport © Getty Images
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The All Blacks held the previous highest tallies, having reached 95.01 points midway through 2007 and 94.77 in late 2010.

Australia retain second place, some distance back on 89.33 points, with South Africa still third.

The leading rankings won't change until the 2016 Six Nations beginning in February.

Leading Rankings: 1. New Zealand 96.10 points, 2. Australia 89.33, 3. South Africa 87.66, 4. Wales 83.49, 5. Argentina 82.59, 6. Ireland 81.17, 7. France 79.77, 8. England 79.77, 9. Scotland 77.94, 10. Japan 77.05, 11. Fiji 76.96, 12. Italy 72.74.

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