All Black Ben Smith leaves the Wallabies in his wake to run on and score a try during game one of the Bledisloe Cup
All Black Ben Smith leaves the Wallabies in his wake to run on and score a try during game one of the Bledisloe Cup DEAN LEWINS

Wallabies take a dive in world rankings

THE Wallabies are officially in free fall mode.

Since finishing second at the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the Wallabies have lost 11 of their past 19 internationals.

Their latest loss - going down to the All Blacks 54-34 in Sydney - meant the Wallabies dropped outside the top four nations in World Rugby's rankings.

The All Blacks remain outright first with daylight in-between New Zealand and England, who hold an impressive lead over Ireland who remain third.

South Africa has leapfrogged over the Wallabies, who have slipped to fifth.

The Wallabies hold a two-point lead over Scotland, while Wales and France round out the top eight.

Argentina's slide has also continued, with the 2015 World Cup semi-finalists dropping below Fiji to 10th.

 

Like Australia's Super Rugby franchises, which for the second straight year failed to make an impression, Argentina's Jaguares, who gained representation in Super Rugby last year, also missed the finals in 2017.

It had been hoped that the Jaguares' inclusion in Super Rugby would bolster their national team, with the vast majority of the players featuring in the Test side.

But after losing three of their opening four matches of the year, including two embarrassing defeats to a second-string England side in June, the Jaguares have dropped to 79.15 points.

Despite Australia dropping to fifth, they remain one place higher than their lowest ever ranking of sixth, which they dropped to in the lead up to the World Cup in 2015.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika re-signed with the ARU ahead of last year's mid-year Test series against England through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

For the time being his job remains secure.

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