Ireland have dropped one place to seventh in the IRB World Rankings following defeat to Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations.
Wales jump ahead of Ireland in the rankings in the wake of their victory over Italy in Rome.
Wales now just sit under half a point below France in fifth.
Despite Wales’ win over Italy, if Declan Kidney’s Ireland had managed to overcome Scott Johnson’s Scotland, they would have retained sixth spot.
As it is, Ireland’s defeat means they sit just over half a point ahead of Samoa and Argentina.
Scotland are also within a point of Ireland, while Italy have dropped to 12th place.
The highest-ranked Six Nations team is England, they are now four points above France in fourth spot.
IRB World Rankings:
1 New Zealand, 90.08
2 South Africa, 86.94
3 Australia, 86.87
4 England, 85.30
5 France, 81.20
6 Wales, 80.74
7 Ireland, 79.28
8 Samoa, 78.71
9 Argentina, 78.71
10 Scotland, 78.19
11 Tonga, 76.10
12 Italy, 74.93
13 Fiji, 71.52