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World Rankings: Wallabies fall, Fiji rise

SPOTLIGHT: Fiji’s first win over Australia since 1954 has been rewarded with a one-place gain in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.

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Sunday’s historic 22-15 victory in Saint-Étienne puts Fiji up to eighth, one place behind Wales, who were pushed hard by Portugal 24 hours earlier before winning 28-8.

With Wales and Fiji on the up, Australia have moved in the opposite direction, dropping two places to a record-equalling low of ninth.

All the teams above Wales and Fiji in the rankings remain in the same position that they started the weekend after victories against lower-ranked opposition.

The top four – Ireland, South Africa, France and New Zealand – recorded wins over Tonga, Romania, Uruguay and Namibia respectively. Scotland, in fifth, did not play.

Like Wales, England left it late before securing a try bonus point, their 34-12 win over Japan improving their rating by just two-hundredths of a point. As a result, England remain in sixth, 2.58 points better off than Wales.

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