head coach Dave Rainey Australia have made seven changes to their starting line-up for their Autumn Nations Series match against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
A week later the Wallabies’ 13–10 defeat in Ireland – their third defeat in as many matches – would see Ben Donaldson handed his first start at fly-half.
Donaldson, with Waratah teammate Jake Gordon starting at scrum-half, in favor of Noah Lolesio reece hodge Working at inside center for a side ravaged by injuries.
Rainey only has 25 fully fit players on Saturday after captain Michael Hooper Became the latest player to fall to the middle due to injury.
Prop Tanila Tupou has also been sidelined for seven months after rupturing his Achilles.
Australia produced a spirited response to their embarrassing defeat against Italy a fortnight ago – and came very close to upsetting most of the sell-out crowd at Aviva Stadium – but this has been a grim tour.
After a one-point loss to France in Paris, the Wallabies are bidding to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
“If you look at the wins and losses it will be a bad season,” said Rainey.
“We have had very tight games, and games we should have won. We need to look at it and convert pressure into points at crucial times.
“I definitely think we are a better side. We have a lot of firepower to come back and I have no doubt that we can put together a strong side and build on what we have done .
“We can take confidence from the last few weeks, especially the performances against really strong sides in Dublin and Paris, but we need to get better.
If we win a few crucial moments, we win a few Tests at strong venues, so we will take confidence from that but we need to get better.
Rennie has also handed Langie Gleeson his first start – replacing the injured Rob Valatini – with Fraser McWright filling in for Hooper at the openside flanker.
Wales are chasing a fourth straight win over the Wallabies, but head coach Wayne Pivac Has managed just three wins from 11 starts this year.
Pivac also goes into Saturday’s clash under a microscope after Georgia’s 13-12 win last weekend.
“We certainly expect a reaction because they must be hurting, just as we were hurting a couple of weeks ago,” Rainey said.
“I have no doubt they are under pressure as it comes down to results. But I am sure they will be highly motivated to put on a big performance this weekend.”
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