Twelve years have passed since Australia last beat the All Blacks on New Zealand soil, but if they can replicate that Carisbrook victory when the regular foes meet in Dunedin on Saturday then they will climb back to third in the IRB World Rankings.
Australia currently lie fourth behind leading northern hemisphere side England after losing four of their six matches in The Rugby Championship, but any margin of victory at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday will see the Wallabies return to third.
New Zealand cannot surrender the number one position they have occupied for the last 47 months even were the world champions to suffer an emphatic loss, and a 10th win from 10 in 2013 will have no impact on their rating of 93.05.
The final Bledisloe Cup encounter of the year is not the only match this weekend which could have an impact on the IRB World Rankings as there are four European Nations Cup 2014 encounters, including one which doubles as a Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier too.
That Division 1B match sees Sweden welcome the Czech Republic, who are still seeking a first win in the competition which spans two years. A victory for Sweden will not improve their position of 33rd but would cause their visitors to fall by one place to 53rd.
Israel are the next highest ranked European team in action – currently occupying their highest ever position of 48th – as they travel to Serbia for a Division 2B encounter. A victory will lift Israel two or three places depending on the margin of victory, guaranteeing them a new high.
Serbia are ranked 31 places below their visitors and will fall two places in defeat. By contrast a win could see the Serbians jump as many as 11 places to 68th and condemn Israel to a fall of at least six places.
Bulgaria will be hoping to bounce back from an emphatic defeat to Hungary on their last outing – a result which saw them slump 10 places to 85th – when they travel to Austria for a Division 2C encounter.
A win on the road could see them recover a large chunk of those lost places, but a defeat against the lower ranked Austrians could see them fall another four places, lifting Austria up to seven places to 85th.
The other European Nations Cup match of the weekend see Norway welcome Luxembourg in Division 2D, the two sides separated by just two places with the visitors the higher ranked at 91st.
A win on the road would lift Luxembourg five places to 86th with Norway slipping a couple of places. However, a Norway victory would ensure that they end the weekend as the higher ranked of the two nations.
The IRB World Rankings update every Monday at 12:00 UK time.
- Thursday 17 October 2013 - World Rankings
Rankings gain available for Australia
- Monday 14 October 2013 - World Rankings
Trio on the rise in rankings after wins
- Monday 7 October 2013 - World Rankings
Hungary climb 10 places in rankings
- Friday 4 October 2013 - World Rankings
All Blacks to retain top spot in rankings
|14 April 2014|
|14 April 2014|