Ireland have dropped two places to fifth in the latest International Rugby Board world rankings.

Eddie O'Sullivan's team followed up comfortable victories over South Africa and Australia by trouncing the Pacific Islanders 61-17 in Dublin yesterday, but a combination of results saw them drop from third.

World Cup favourites New Zealand remain way out in front, almost nine points clear of second-placed France.

Latest IRB rankings

1(1) New Zealand 94.59
2(2) France 85.94
3(4) Australia 85.55
4(5) South Africa 84.71
5(3) Ireland 84.68
6(6) Argentina 79.61
7(7) England 78.68
8(9) Wales 77.02
9(8) Scotland 76.81
10(10) Samoa 73.86

* Last week's positions in brackets