July 25, 2021

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Wallabies surge up world rankings after thriller

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The Wallabies have surged up the World Rugby rankings from seventh to fifth following their...

The Wallabies have surged up the World Rugby rankings from seventh to fifth following their 23-21 cliffhanger win over France in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Australia overtook Les Bleus, who dropped from fifth to sixth, and Wales, who slumped from sixth to seventh with their 20-20 draw with Argentina in Cardiff at the weekend.

Still in the sights of Dave Rennie's Wallabies are world champions South Africa, New Zealand, England and Ireland.

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The Wallabies can further strengthen their position in the global pecking order by wrapping up the best of three series against France in Tuesday's second Test in Melbourne.

Coach Rennie believes there is considerable improvement left in his team after what he described as a "substandard" performance in the first Test at Suncorp Stadium.

"It was a funny feeling after the game because we were frustrated," a straight-shooting Rennie told reporters after making just one change to his team.

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"I've never too concerned about reaction outsideā€¦ you've got to cop it on the chin, it was a substandard performance," Rennie said.

"Our speed into contact support has got to be better and we've got to be brutal around that… We just think there's more in this group and wanted to give them another crack.

"Confident that we'll be sharper this time. A lack of accuracy and a lack of continuity affected our ability to put the French under pressure."

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WORLD RUGBY RANKINGS

1) South Africa

2) New Zealand

3) England

4) Ireland

5) Australia

6) France

7) Wales

8) Scotland

9) Argentina

10) Japan

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