The Springboks have moved up to No.2 in the latest IRB world rankings thanks to Samoa's 32-23 victory over Australia last weekend.
The shock defeat has pulled the Wallabies down into their position days before they tackle the Boks in the Opening match of the Tri-Nations in Sydney.
Samoa haven't moved up from their current position in tenth place in the rankings, and the IRB have indicated that had it not been for the victory over Australia, Samoa would have fallen to twelfth place after finishing last in the recent Pacific Nations Cup tournament.
New Zealand remain the best ranking team in the world with an increased margin of 6.75 ranking points.
Pacific Nations Cup champions Japan climbed to its highest-ever ranking of 11th.
IRB ranking as of July 18, 2011
1(1) New Zealand 93.19
2(3) South Africa 86.44
3(2) Australia 85.45
4(4) Ireland 82.51
5(5) England 82.48
6(6) France 82.06
7(7) Wales 79.55
8(8) Argentina 78.97
9(9) Scotland 77.35
10(10) Samoa 74.55
11(11) Italy 73.54
12(13) Japan 72.56
13(14) Tonga 71.80
14(12) Fiji 71.52
15(15) Georgia 70.30
16(16) Canada 69.78
17(17) Usa 66.78
18(18) Romania 65.57
19(19) Russia 61.93
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