Battered Wallabies sink to new low in world rankings

Bruce: One of the darkest days in Australian rugby history (1:56)

Sam Bruce looks at where the 40-6 defeat to Wales and a group stage exit leaves the Wallabies, and the turmoil that surrounds Eddie Jones off the field. (1:56)

The hits have kept coming for the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup in France with the team sinking to an all-time low in the world rankings at 10.

Following their record 40-6 loss to Wales in Lyon, which all but ended their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in history, the Australians have dropped one place on the rankings.

Eddie Jones's men have traded places with new No.9-ranked Argentina, who are coached by ex-Wallabies boss Michael Cheika.

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With Argentina picking up 1.72 points for their scrappy 19-10 win over Samoa and Australia losing two-and-a-half points in their heavy defeat, the teams have swapped rankings with Wallabies in 10th for the first time since the rankings were introduced.

Ireland increased their standing as world No.1 on the back of their rousing win over South Africa, with France replacing the Springboks in second spot.

Cheika was at the Australian helm at the last World Cup in Japan in 2019 but quit the post immediately following their thumping 40-16 elimination in the quarterfinals by the then Jones-coached England.

Despite the disaster campaign in France this time around, Jones says he has no plans to walk away from the job, with four years remaining on his contract which runs through to the 2027 tournament in Australia.

"One hundred per cent I'm committed," Jones said.

"I came back to Australia trying to help. At the moment I am not giving much help, am I? But that doesn't mean my commitment to helping has changed.

"Whenever you start the job you want to win games and create the best team we can but there is a process involved ... it unfortunately takes times, takes some pain.

"Sometimes it takes more pain than it does pleasure, I have no doubt what I set out to do. While it looks at the moment like it's a shambles, I can guarantee it's not."

Jones's comments come after the coach denied he was interviewed to take over as Japan rugby coach just days before the tournament opener, with their current coach Jamie Joseph stepping down.

The Japan Rugby Football Union have refused to comment, saying they have a policy not to disclose any information about candidates.

Rugby Australia (RA) chief executive Phil Waugh said he was trusting Jones's word that he had not being interviewed, with Wallabies skipper Will Skelton taking the same view.

RA chairman Hamish McLennan said he was aware of a job offer made to Jones but that the 63-year-old had turned it down.

A report out of Japan suggested that Jones may been assisting with the coaching recruitment process given his close relationship with JRFU President Masato Tsuchida.

Currently holding a role as Tokyo Sungoliath's consulting director of rugby, Jones has had a working relationship with the club since 1997, with Masato a former player and head coach at the club.

The Wallabies were back on the training paddock on Tuesday, preparing for their final pool game against world No.16 Portugal, in Saint-Etienne on Sunday (Monday AEST).

Their World Cup dream could be officially over as early as Saturday (Sunday AEST) if pool rivals Fiji down Georgia and score four tries.