Rugby. New Zealand and Australia could break a record of mediocrity

In the event of a setback on Saturday, the New Zealanders and the Australians make a historic fall in the World Rugby ranking. (©Icon Sports)

The New Zealand and theAustralia play big, this Saturday August 6, during the 1before day of Rugby Championship 2022. Shaken by a black series of 4 defeats in 5 games, the All Blacks and their coach Ian Foster, in the hot seat, move to South Africa, reigning world champion, while the Wallabies, who remain, on 2 defeats at home and a lost series against England (25-17 and 21-17), travels to Argentina.

In the event of defeats away from their bases, the New Zealanders and the Australians could, indeed, beat new records of mediocrity by making a historic fall in the World Rugby rankings.

Worst ranking in All Blacks history

For the second time in its history (after the XV of France in 1994), New Zealand lost a summer tour at home, against Ireland. A poor performance that relegated the All Blacks to 4e world rank. The worst ranking in their history. Which could be even worse next Monday.

Indeed, if the All Blacks lose by more than 15 points this Saturday in South Africa, at Mbombela Stadium, they will lose another place to fall to 5e world rank, just behind England. Remember that the podium in the ranking World Rugby is made up of Ireland, France and South Africa.

The Wallabies could tumble in the World Rugby rankings

Currently ranked 6th in the world hierarchy, the Australians of Dave Rennie could be dethroned by their opponent of the Argentinian weekend. If successful on Saturday, in Mendoza, the Pumas will climb to 7th place in the World Rugby rankings, while the Wallabies would fall, for their part, in 8e position and Wales, currently 8thwould switch to 9e rank, unless the difference between the two teams is greater than 15 points.

If they do better than their victory record against Australia of 15 points, established in 1983 (18-3 in Brisbane), the Argentinians of Michaël Cheika will even approach 0.17 points from Scotland, currently 6e. If this goal is achieved, Australia will lose an additional place, which will allow the Welsh to retain their eighth place in the world.

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