Record rankings high for Scotland

A first win over Wales in ten years has seen Scotland climb to their highest ever position of fifth in the World Rugby Rankings.

Vern Cotter has achieved what none of his predecessors as head coach could do by steering the Scots to an all-time high of fifth place in the World Rugby Rankings.

Following their first win over Wales since 2007 Scotland have moved above Saturday’s vanquished opponents and South Africa in the rankings, which were first introduced in October 2003, after gaining 1.28 rating points.

Scotland are now on 82.18 points, knowing that victory over England at Twickenham in a fortnight’s time would not only keep their Six Nations title bid on track but also make them firm favourites to claim a top four spot by the time the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw takes place on May 10.