European rugby Power Rankings, week 23: Chris Ashton’s Toulon climb into the top ten

Chris Ashton breaking the record for the most Top 14 tries in a season (22) Credit: AFP

Two new sides in the top ten and plenty of risers and fallers throughout: so much for everything being settled towards the end of the season.

Check out the latest rankings below.

40. Kings (1-19, no change)
39. Dragons (5-2-18, down two)
38. Brive (9-1-20, down three)
37. London Irish (6-20, down three)
36. Zebre (6-19, up three)

Slips into the bottom group for Brive and London Irish after momentarily escaping in last week’s edition. Irish now need a miracle against Saracens in two weeks to even have a hope of staying up, while Brive’s defeat at Oyonnax is a huge blow for their survival hopes. Zebre move up after pipping the Dragons, thanks to Carlo Canna’s match-winning try.

35. Oyonnax (7-3-20,…

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