Wales on top of the world after beating England

Wales have topped of rugby union’s world rankings for the first time after beating England 13-6 in Cardiff.

Wales’ rise to the summit, which ended New Zealand’s unbroken 10-years at the top, came just 34 days before the World Cup kicks off in Japan.

It was an impressive warm-up performance for the tournament as the Welsh notched up an 11th successive home win.

Winger George North’s 34th-minute try sent Wales on their way to victory.

England’s Australian head coach Eddie Jones said Wales were now ‘favourites to win the World Cup’ after they secured their rise to the top of the world rankings.

He added: ‘When you go to number one, you’re favourites.

‘It was a fantastic World Cup prep game for us. We found out a little bit about ourselves.

‘We had to work hard to get back into the game.

‘We had a number of difficult situations – some of them we handled really well and some of them we didn’t handle well.’