The Six Nations returns for the third round this weekend and there could be some significant movement in the world rugby rankings table.
Wales have the opportunity to not only put themselves back in the race to retain their Six Nations title if they win over France on Saturday, but could also climb to fourth and return to the top band of seeds for 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Wales head into the clash against Les Bleus ranked fifth, one spot above France, and Wayne Pivac's side can climb to fourth if they win by more than 15 points and Ireland lose at Twickenham by any margin. A smaller margin of victory for Wales would see the same outcome if Ireland lose by more than 15 points.
If Wales and Ireland both win - by any margin - Wales remain fifth.
England are unable to climb higher in the rankings than their current spot of third if they win, and can fall no lower than fourth, even if they lose by more than 15 points and Wales beat France by the same margin.
But Ireland will replace England in third if they win by any margin.
As for France, they would drop from sixth to seventh, below Australia, in defeat against Wales.
But if Fabien Galthie's side were to win at the Principality Stadium and keep their Grand Slam hopes alive, they would climb above Wales and knock them to sixth.
As for Italy v Scotland, a victorious hosting side in Rome will regain 12th place from Georgia and condemn Scotland to their lowest ranking (10th) for four years.
How the world rugby rankings look going into this weekend:
- South Africa (94.19 points)
- New Zealand (92.11)
- England (87.80)
- Ireland (85.36)
- Wales (84.28)
- France (82.37)
- Australia (81.90)
- Japan (79.28)
- Scotland (78.58)
The draw for the next World Cup takes places in Paris after the 2020 November Test window, with the 12 teams that have already qualified being seeded based on their world rankings at the time.
The top four ranked teams in the world will be drawn into separate pools, and a poor ranking at the time of the draw is likely to result in a ‘pool of death’. You can read more on why rankings are so crucial this year here.