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Australia Rise In Latest Rugby World Rankings

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies attempts to break away from the defence during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

After a somewhat disastrous run of games where they lost six consecutive test matches, Australia beat South Africa on Saturday in the Rugby Championship. This has somewhat steadied the ship, and Michael Cheika will be happy with the weekend as a whole.

They now rise above the Springboks into third position in the world rankings, behind second placed England and first placed New Zealand.

The Wallabies, were whitewashed in the June series by the Red Rose, and started their Rugby Championship campaign with back-to-back losses at the hands of the All Blacks.

South Africa drop down to fourth place, one spot ahead of Wales. The Springboks will be looking to get back to winning ways, but it will be difficult as they travel to New Zealand this weekend.

Ireland are in sixth position, one ahead of Argentina, while France, Scotland and Fiji make up the top ten.

Rugby Rankings
Pic via World Rugby

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Ranking points are crucial this year, as the seedings for the next World Cup will be determined at the end of this season.

However, there is a huge amount of rugby to be played between now and then.

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Author: The PA Team

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