The record breaking new position, which will be announced by World Rugby next week, will see the men in blue move up to a record breaking 5th – beating their highest ever former position of 6th under Andy Robinson’s reign in 2010.
Prior to the win Scotland were in 8th, but thanks to beating higher placed Wales (the former occupiers of 5th), they will leapfrog the men from the Principality with just New Zealand (1st), England (2nd), Australia (3rd) and Ireland (4th) ahead of them.
It also puts them ahead of the Springboks (6th), Wales (7th) and France (8th).
If, and it’s a big if considering they’re on a record breaking winning streak and Scotland haven’t won there since 1983, Scotland were to beat England at Twickenham and Wales were to beat Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, then Scotland would actually move up even further into 4th. One can dream.
The impressive results and new ranking will further call in question the SRU’s decision to replace Vern Cotter with Glasgow Warriors Coach Gregor Townsend, despite the New Zealander’s stated desire to carry on in the role. As Scotland’s most successful coach of the new Millennium, it certainly will be a shame to lose the man nicknamed ‘Stern Vern’.
Let’s just hope Toonie can keep the upward trajectory of these this talented young team that, in many ways, he also helped shape.
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