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Wales top rankings after seeing off England

17th August 2019, 18:09 by Tom McGarry

Wales will move to the top of the world rankings for the first time on Monday after seeing off England 13-6 on Saturday.

Warren Gatland's side edged a tight encounter at the Principality Stadium with George North grabbing the only try of the game during the first half.

The victory means Wales will move to the top of the world rankings for the very first time when the updated list is released on Monday, despite the fact New Zealand, who had held top spot for an uninterrupted 10 years, saw off Australia 36-0 earlier on Saturday.

Fly-half Dan Biggar was certainly delighted to see his side move to number one in the world, although, with the 2019 World Cup set to get underway next month, he is hoping that is not the end of their achievements this year.

"We want to keep going about our business. We have worked hard for each other today and ground out a win with a huge defensive effort," Biggar said.

"We are looking to get better. It's nice to be where we are but hopefully we can continue the run."

Wales had an opportunity to move to the top of the rankings last week, but a 33-19 defeat to England at Twickenham put pay to those chances and Biggar felt they were too preoccupied with the thought of being number one during that defeat.

"We probably got a little caught up with that last weekend, with the winning run and the world number one tag," Biggar added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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