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Springboks plunge to sixth in rugby world rankings

The Boks went into the tournament as the 3rd best team behind New Zealand & Australia.

The Springboks versus Japan in their opening match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 19 September, 2015. Picture: Twitter @rugbyworldcup.

JOHANNESBURG - To add insult to injury, South Africa has dropped drastically in the latest World Rugby rankings, this following heir shocking loss to Japan in their opening game of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.

The Springboks went into the tournament as the third best team in the world behind defending World Champions New Zealand and Australia, but wins for World Cup hosts England, Wales and Ireland have seen the three nations leapfrog ahead of Heyneker Meyer's men.

The Boks were stunned 34-32 in Brighton by a gutsy Japanese outfit, coached by former Bok assistant coach Eddie Jones, with the side scoring the winning try in the dying seconds of the game.

The result sent shockwaves across the world, with talk from some former players indicating that players should take responsibility for the result.

The win was Japan's second in a world cup, after they beat Zimbabwe in their only other victory in the 1991 edition.

The Boks will next face Samoa in their second Pool B game at Villa Park in Birmingham, where they will go in search of redemption.

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