Should the Wallabies crash out in the World Cup quarter-finals, as form would suggest, it will be time to ask whether any more should be expected.

History says Australia are major World Cup threats. Two-time champions, twice runners up, including the last edition when they lost the final to the All Blacks at Twickenham, and two further semifinal appearances say they should be feared in this arena.

In this case, though, history may blind reality.


The Wallabies are ranked sixth in the world and seem set to match exactly that.

Since 2014 under Michael Cheika they hold a 50