The Six Nations is over for another year and the European order of things is rejigged.
Ireland and England have little between them, with England perhaps with the advantage of youth on their side and a better record against the big boys from down south. Wales have slipped, and France are, well, France.
Nothing achieved in the Six Nations was ever going to disturb the top two slots in any rankings system, but for this power ranking, the IRB’s list is not the only guiding principle.
This top 15 examines what happened in the autumn as well as the Six Nations and comes to a few different conclusions about the world order as a result.
Where stats and results are cited as evidence, a thank you must go to the clever folk at ESPNScrum.com.