Wales to host Australia in battle for pre-World Cup tonic

The 34-year-old has been playing in Japan

There was a rare 21-18 success for Wales in Cardiff in 2008, but that has been followed by eight home losses, plus one defeat each in London, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, with six of the reversals by five points or less as Australia turned the screw at the death.

Wales coach Warren Gatland opted Thursday not to draft in Biggar after the New Zealand-born Anscombe, who can also play full-back, impressed in last week's 21-10 victory over Scotland when the Northampton player was unavailable as the match fell outside of World Rugby's Test window.

"The one thing about Australian teams is that you write them off at your peril". "They are competitors in whatever sport and they realise the pressure that is put on them in terms of coming up to the northern hemisphere and having a successful autumn campaign".

Australia start a three-Test tour of Europe with a game against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, looking to continue a dominant run against their hosts and turn around a miserable run of results which has left coach Michael Cheika and his players under severe pressure. The scoreline from different test matches this year probably shows that not to be right, but I don't think we're that far off.

He understands his battle with Australia's significant twin breakdown threat of Michael Hooper and David Pocock should go some way towards deciding the outcome.

"We've got to be getting better quality ball to our halfbacks", Pocock told reporters.

"We potentially think if we can keep the ball in play. we can maybe take some advantage of that".

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"We're well aware of that, and winning on Saturday hopefully will give us a springboard towards building on that confidence".

"There are aspects of our game that need to improve".

Cheika insisted that his team's recent record over Wales was not relevant.

"For sure, that's what we're here to do.no doubt", Cheika said. "If you want to find a pattern, you can find one anywhere". That's really picked up in the back end of the season, our fitness and understanding of how much of a high-paced game it is.

The Welsh side will be bidding to extend their winning streak to seven matches when they run out at the Principality Stadium, but their opponents are a true bogey side.

"I wasn't expecting to come on tour but it's an opportunity and there could be the possibility of Super Rugby next year to get to that World Cup", he said.

"Everything changes and it's the teams who build a good strength in depth, have a real identity and work hard at what they want to achieve, who do well at World Cups".

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