Wales win boosts Wallabies' world ranking

International
by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Wallabies have moved up a spot to sixth in the latest World Rugby rankings.

Wales' win over Scotland pushed the Scots down to seventh, with the Wallabies moving up to sixth ahead of their Spring Tests.

Australia has been seventh in the rankings since the middle of September, after a loss to Argentina on the Gold Coast.

The Welsh have been ranked third in the world since June, after a strong Six Nations - their highest ranking since a no. 2 spot in the Rugby World Cup.

Despite their current rankings gap, Australia has been historically dominant over Wales, winning their past 13 Tests dating back to 2009.

Wallabies centre Kurtley Beale said that record didn't affect Australia coming into the clash.

"I think you show the Welsh respect," he said.

"They're a dangerous team and on their day they can beat anyone so I think as a group we understand that every time we play them, it's always a tough physical game.

"The ball's always in play, you spread from wide to wide and I think that's a brand that they're really excited to play and I guess as a group we're always up for it.

"So, it's always exciting coming back here and playing a match against the Welsh."

The Wallabies take on Wales in Cardiff on Saturday November 10, kicking off at 5:20pm local, Sunday 4:20am AEDT, LIVE on beIN Sport and SBS.

RANKINGS

World Rugby rankings

1. New Zealand - 92.96

2. Ireland - 90.12

3. Wales - 86.35

4. England - 86.16

5. South Africa - 83.03

6. Australia - 82.86

7. Scotland - 82.61

8. France - 79.10

9. Argentina - 78.01

10. Fiji - 76.54