Australia slip below Argentina in World Rugby Rankings

Australia captain Michael Hooper
Australia captain Michael Hooper

Australia have suffered another setback following their back to back defeats in the Bledisloe Cup clashes against New Zealand as they slip to seventh position in the World Rugby Rankings.

Having won the series against France with a 2-1 margin, the Wallabies went on to lose 18-33 and 22-57 in the two games at Eden Park against the All Blacks that saw concede the Bledisloe Cup for the 19th consecutive year as well.

The last weekend's defeat meant Australia lost rating points of 0.18 and now have slipped one position to seventh place with 83.14 points while Argentina, who lost their game against South Africa 12-32 move to sixth place with 83.15 rating points.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's win at Eden Park saw them gain 0.18 rating points as they consolidated their second position with their gap against the table toppers South Africa coming down to 4.91.

The second round of the Rugby Championship will see South Africa hosting Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on 21st August while Australia will lock horns with New Zealand in Perth on 28th August.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 South Africa 94.20
2 New Zealand 89.29
3 England 85.44
4 Ireland 84.85
5 France 83.87
6 Argentina 83.15
7 Australia 83.14
8 Scotland 82.02
9 Wales 80.59
10 Japan 79.13