Australia reach world number three ahead of the OMW Autumn Internationals
Australia are coming into the Autumn Internationals on a high after ending their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign with a 37-20 win over Argentina, as well as beating bitter rivals New Zealand in the final Bledisloe Cup match of the season.
The 2017 Rugby Championship was a rather mixed bag for the Wallabies with two wins, an unprecedented two draws against the Springboks and two losses to New Zealand; results which has seen Michael Cheika’s side jump up two spots to third in the latest world rugby union rankings, behind England and the All Blacks, the latter who have remained undefeated in the southern hemisphere competition.
However, they made amends by beating New Zealand 23-18 in Brisbane, in a game that saw a 53-metre penalty with two minutes remaining clinch the game, before the travel-weary team head to Twickenham to play England in the OMW Autumn International Series on 18th November.
The last time the two sides met England dominated with a 37-21 win in the fourth and final match of the 2016 OMW Series, a result that capped off a remarkable year for England and saw them win 13 matches under Eddie Jones.
The stakes remain high for the England team as they prepare for Rugby World Cup 2019 with just under two years to go. The team will also be looking to continue their run of success and close the gap ahead of their first game against world champions New Zealand since 2014, recently confirmed for 10th November 2018 at Twickenham as part of a four-Test Autumn campaign. The fixture schedule will end a four-year wait to meet Steve Hansen’s side following a failed bid to confirm a fixture against the All Blacks this autumn. Both the 2017 and 2018 Old Mutual Wealth Series are incredibly important if the team are to fulfil Jones’s ambition to be number one in the world going into Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
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