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Wallabies back to No.2 on world rankings

It's the All Blacks first and daylight second on the world rugby rankings.

The IRB have updated the official rankings after the weekend where New Zealand stretched their unbeaten test run to 16 by comprehensively beating the Springboks 32-16 in Soweto to complete a clean sweep of the inaugural Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks increased their lead at the top of the list. They have 93.35 points on the complicated system.

The Wallabies leapfrogged the Springboks into second place after they beat the Pumas in Argentina.

The Wallabies have 85.92 and South Africa slipped to third on 84.69.

Northern heavyweights England (83.09) and France (83.03) are fourth and fifth respectively.


Argentina remain eighth, but are now less than a point above Scotland.

The Springboks lost more than just second place with their heavy defeat at the hands of New Zealand.

They have also lost a key component in their hopes to expand their playing style with promising young first-five Johan Goosen seriously injuring a knee.

It's been revealed that Goosen has a grade 3 medial tear in his knee and will find out today if he needs surgery.

It seems highly unlikely he will make the end of year tour, a real blow for coach Heyneke Meyer who is keen to see the 20-year-old Cheetahs player take over at No 10 with his clever running game.

With the 2015 World Cup draw being released on December 3 in London, the tours north by all of the southern hemisphere sides will be vital to the rankings that make up the seedings for the World Cup with the top four teams avoiding each other in pool play.