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Saturday, 11th November - Kick Off at 17:15 hours

Wales vs Australia

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

Assistant referees:

Jaco Peyper (South Africa),
Ian Tempest (England).

TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

Teams

Wales - May be announced later today if Coach Gatland has recovered from an old injury.

Australia - May be announced later :-


Australian squad for 2017 Spring Tour

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Allan Alaalatoa (19 Tests)
Adam Coleman (18 Tests)
Blake Enever* (uncapped)
Tetera Faulkner (3 Tests)
Ned Hanigan (9 Tests)
Michael Hooper (c) (75 Tests)
Sekope Kepu (87 Tests)
Ben McCalman (49 Tests)
Sean McMahon (22 Tests)
Stephen Moore (125 Tests)
Matt Philip* (uncapped)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (78 Tests)
Tom Robertson (15 Tests)
Rob Simmons (78 Tests)
Scott Sio (39 Tests)
Lopeti Timani (9 Tests)
Lukhan Tui (3 Tests)
Jordan Uelese (2 Tests)


Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:35 am
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Defence Coach Edwards :-

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Australia are an immense attacking weapon. I would say they are the most potent attacking force in the first three phases in world rugby, probably even more than the All Blacks," Edwards said.

"They are averaging 32 to 33 points a match in the Rugby Championship. Australia are perennially a top-four ranked team and their attack is pretty prolific. They have a multitude of excellent backs.

"Whoever they play at full-back (instead of the rested Israel Folau) will be a potent force."



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Ospreys duo Rhys Webb and Justin Tipuric are both doubts for the game with knee and thigh problems respectively.

"We've got a couple of knocks on a couple of players," said Edwards.

"Justin is carrying one and so is Rhys, so we will just wait until the last minute.


Wales have lost their last 12 games to Australia and are looking to break that hoodoo in Cardiff.


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I was extremely impressed with Australia when they demolished the AB's a few weeks back.
Saturday is a big ask, any mistakes will be treated rather severely by Oz.
Aimless kicking will see us stretched to the limit defending.
One thing for sure, they'll not be kicking aimlessly, not if their match against the AB's is anything to go by.
Sorry to say this but I cannot see us reversing our track record against Oz on Saturday.

Let's hope the NZ ref is on our side to revenge the AB's defeat. But, quite frankly, I've never seen a SH ref do us any favours. :D


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All we ask from a referee is accurate decisions and consistent decisions.

They aren't mutually exclusive up here.


Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:33 am
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Team for Wales is being announced in 25 minutes.


Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:37 am
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Backs:

Halfpenny (Scarlets); L Williams (Saracens), S Evans (Scarlets);

J Davies (Scarlets), O Williams (Gloucester),

Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets).

Forwards:

R Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs),
Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt),
Shingler (Scarlets), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Faletau (Bath).

Replacements: Smith (Ospreys), Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Brown (Dragons), Cross (Ospreys), Hill (Dragons), A Davies (Scarlets), Watkin (Ospreys), Amos (Dragons).

Australia at 12:30 hrs


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Starting team is probably the best they could do, given injuries. Zero impact on the bench though.
Oh dear.

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Starting team is probably the best they could do, given injuries. Zero impact on the bench though.
Oh dear.


I'm not so unhappy, Spinny.

Hill (Dragons), He's a good sub, if not a starter.
A Davies (Scarlets), Excellent player.
Watkin (Ospreys), A new face, he's been very good at club level, what there is of it.
Amos (Dragons). Most people who speak about him say he's a good 'un. He's very handy.


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Just checked on Cory :

Born: 10 February 1992 (age 25), Maesycoed
Height: 1.95 m
Weight: 111 kg

He was in the Lions squad in 2013 !? That passed me by ...

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Time for grub, bye guests.

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The most interesting selection of all for me is Leon Brown on the bench. Of the new/unusal picks in the starting team (Shingler, Navidi, Williams, Evans), only Owen Williams would be there if it weren't for injuries, and that has it's knock-on through most of the rest of the bench, though interesting that Dan Lydiate isn't anywhere to be seen given that he is in the squad.

Cory Hill and Dacey would have been unusual picks compared to recent Wales teams but we knew they would make it as Bladwin and Davies/Charteris weren't in the squad.

Leon Brown is the interesting pick because Samson Lee isn't injured (to my knowledge). Very surprised to see Francis preferred to Lee, but more so that there's a rookie waiting to come on. Let's hope he does well!


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Samson is injured

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Figaro wrote:
The most interesting selection of all for me is Leon Brown on the bench. Of the new/unusal picks in the starting team (Shingler, Navidi, Williams, Evans), only Owen Williams would be there if it weren't for injuries, and that has it's knock-on through most of the rest of the bench, though interesting that Dan Lydiate isn't anywhere to be seen given that he is in the squad.

Cory Hill and Dacey would have been unusual picks compared to recent Wales teams but we knew they would make it as Bladwin and Davies/Charteris weren't in the squad.

Leon Brown is the interesting pick because Samson Lee isn't injured (to my knowledge). Very surprised to see Francis preferred to Lee, but more so that there's a rookie waiting to come on. Let's hope he does well!

I wouldn't be surprised to see Gethin Jenkins recalled to the squad, soon. He was great for Cardiff last game out and was looking hungry for action. Made a few telling 'jacks' and played for all of 65 minutes.
We are going to be out 'jacked' in this match as Navidi is not renowned in that department.
I would also have preferred to see Amos starting on the wing in place of Liam who should have taken Ha'penny's place at fullback. We have two excellent placekickers on the team, Biggar & Owen, so why Ha'penny?


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So Gats is trying a sort of 1st 2nd 5/8 centre set up ....

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No surprises - team is as leaked to the Press on Tuesday - and is probably, without a couple of tweaks, about the strongest we have ATM.

Nowhere near strong enough to beat Oz though, or indeed anyone other than Georgia of this year's four games. Depressingly, just hope we give a decent account of ourselves and don't get humiliated against the SH teams.


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