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Black Ferns, All Blacks finish year on top

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">The Black Ferns and All Blacks will finish 2016 with a sizeable gap back to the chasing pack in the world rankings</span> © Phil Walter/Getty Images The Black Ferns and All Blacks will finish 2016 with a sizeable gap back to the chasing pack in the world rankings The world women's rugby rankings will mirror the pecking order of the men's at the end of 2016, with New Zealand holding a handy advantage over second-placed England.

The Black Ferns crushed Ireland 38-8 in the final round of women's internationals to complete an unbeaten year and extend their rankings lead heading into 2017.

World champions England also finished on a high, thumping Canada 39-6 to push the North Americans back to third.

There is no change to the top four of the men's rankings with New Zealand well clear of England, who are unbeaten this year.

Israel Dagg celebrates his try against France with All Blacks teammates Anton Leinert-Brown and Julian Savea. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Israel Dagg celebrates his try against France with All Blacks teammates Anton Leinert-Brown and Julian Savea. England host third-ranked Australia this weekend in the final tier one Test of 2016 but neither will threaten New Zealand's seven-year hold on the top spot.

Beleaguered South Africa finish the season in sixth place, their lowest ranking since 2003.

Women's rankings: New Zealand 93.43 points 1, England 88.09 2, Canada 86.52 3, France 84.06 4, Ireland 80.73 5, Australia 79.88 6.

Men's rankings: New Zealand 94.78 1, England 89.84 2, Australia 86.97 3, Ireland 84.62 4, Wales 82.55 5, South Africa 81.79 6.

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