Australia slip to eighth place in latest World Rugby Rankings

Australia suffered a defeat in Sydney
Australia suffered a defeat in Sydney

Australia have slipped to the eighth place in the World Rugby Rankings following the fourth round of the Rugby Championship played last weekend.

Damian de Allende, debutant Canan Moodie, Franco Mostert and Makazole Mapimpi scored tries for the Springboks as they ended their losing streak in Australia with a 24-8 victory to revive their Rugby Championship campaign.

The defeat meant the Wallabies lost 1.42 rating points that has seen them slip past Argentina and Scotland to eighth place. South Africa have gained 1.42 rating points but remain at third place with Ireland and France continuing to occupy the top two positions.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have returned back to fourth place following their thumping win over Argentina in Hamilton.

Ethan De Groot, Caleb Clarke, Reiko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Ardie Savea, Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett all scored tries as the All Blacks returned to the top of the table with a 53-3 win over the Pumas.

The result helped Ian Foster's men gain 0.63 rating points as they pushed England to fifth place reclaiming the fourth position. Despite losing the game, Argentina now have moved to the sixth place in the table.

The fifth round of the Rugby Championship will see Australia hosting New Zealand at Marvel Stadium on 15th September while Argentina will host South Africa at Estadio Jose Amalfitani on 18th September.

World Rugby Top 10 Rankings:

Rank Team Rating Points
1 Ireland 90.03
2 France 89.41
3 South Africa 87.89
4 New Zealand 86.41
5 England 86.25
6 Argentina 82.32
7 Scotland 81.93
8 Australia 81.54
9 Wales 81.28
10 Japan 77.74