England v Australia
Wallabies drop to fifth in rankings
ESPN Staff
November 24, 2014
As Israel Folau leaped high in Dublin, the Wallabies dropped to fifth in the rankings © Getty Images

The Wallabies defeat to Ireland in Dublin has seen them sink to fifth in World Rugby's rankings, their equal lowest standing since the rankings were introduced in 2003.

Australia now travel to Twickenham to face England, who have climbed above them courtesy of their 28-9 win over Samoa. Ireland's victory over Australia strengthened their hold on third place. Wallabies head to Twickenham needing a win to avoid their worst end-of-year tour since 2005.

Despite losing to New Zealand, Wales climbed a place to sixth courtesy of France's defeat in Paris to Argentina. The Pumas remain ninth, one place below Scotland. Samoa also climbed a place despite a defeat because Japan fell to 11th due to their loss to Georgia in Tbilisi.

New Zealand and South Africa's victories in Wales and Italy strengthened their grip on first and second place respectively. All Blacks have sat atop the rankings for five year.

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