World Rugby rankings: Wallabies drop again to new record low following devastating Bledisloe Cup defeat

Colin Newboult

Australia have paid the price for Bernard Foley’s time-wasting by dropping to their lowest-ever position in the world rankings.

The Wallabies equalled their low of seventh by going down to Argentina in mid-August, but claimed that ‘record’ outright following their 24-8 defeat to South Africa three weeks later.

And by succumbing 39-37 to New Zealand in Thursday’s dramatic Rugby Championship encounter, Dave Rennie’s men have suffered another dip – this time going down to ninth in the standings.

Argentina also pay the price for defeat

The All Blacks remain in fourth after the Springboks managed to hold off a spirited fightback from Argentina to seal a 36-20 triumph in Buenos Aires.

That result has, however, been costly for Los Pumas, who drop two places to eighth, just above the Wallabies.

It means that Scotland and Wales both benefit without having played a game, with the former up to sixth and the latter going up two slots to seventh.

Men’s world rankings week beginning 19/09/2022

1 (1) Ireland 90.03
2 (2) France 89.41
3 (3) South Africa 89.00
4 (4) New Zealand 87.22
5 (5) England 86.25
6 (7) Scotland 81.93
7 (9) Wales 81.28
8 (6) Argentina 81.21
9 (8) Australia 80.72
10 (10) Japan 77.74

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