BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Scotland could leapfrog both France and Ireland in rugby’s official world rankings if they can secure a third victory of the Six Nations in Dublin this weekend.
The Scots’ 29-18 win over France at BT Murrayfield on Sunday built on their success against Italy from a fortnight previously and ensured they recorded back-to-back wins in the tournament for the first time in three years.
It also hauled Vern Cotter’s side to within touching distance of both France and Ireland in the rankings compiled by governing body World Rugby.
Should Scotland manage to finish the tournament on a high with a victory over the Irish on Saturday – and England clinch a Grand Slam by beating France in Paris – the Scots will leapfrog over Les Bleus and into eighth place.
And they would also jump over their hosts into seventh.
As things stand, Scotland remain in ninth spot but they are just 0.44 ranking points behind France and 0.75 points adrift of Ireland, and any margin of victory would see them overtake the Irish.