Wales kick off their Autumn Nations Series campaign when they take on Australia in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wayne Pivac And its players are coming off a 13-12 home loss against Georgia last time, which has increased the pressure for the trip to Australia.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the key points ahead of the game.
Wayne Pivac at the Last Chance Salon?
There are some who feel Pivac’s time as Wales head coach is over after the humiliating loss to Georgia.
This came just eight months after Wales were defeated at home by Italy, the New Zealander’s success rate since he Warren Gatland Registration under 40 percent three years ago. Victory over Australia is a minimum requirement, although the damage may have already been done.
Just 10 months out from the World Cup in France, Welsh rugby union The chiefs have come to the crossroads. Do they continue the journey to Pivac or stop the engine?
Wells Banks on Experience
Experience will have played a major part if Wales push past the limit and claim a fourth successive win over Australia.
former wales captain allen wynn jones and full-back leigh halfpenny are among those to be remembered, and when the center george northhooker Ken Owensflanker Justin Tipuric and number eight Tulupe Pallets are added to the mix, those six players alone claim a total of 626 Wales caps.
Jones and North are already in three figures, while Flateau will play his 100th Test for Wales and the British and Irish Lions later this week.
the mood of the crowd will be fascinating
Wales’ attendances for the Autumn Nations series have been good, with over 195,000 people watching games against New Zealand, Argentina and Georgia.
A crowd of around 60,000 is expected for Australia’s visit to Principality Stadium, but it’s not about the numbers this time, Pivac and his players will be more than welcome after being embarrassed by Georgia.
Welsh fans are renowned for their loyalty and passion, there is no question of them not getting behind their team. If it all settles down again this weekend, though, patience could be a rare commodity. Even Welsh supporters can only take so much.
Injured Australia limping home
The Wallabies have been decimated by injuries for their final game of a penultimate European tour. The 13–10 upset against Ireland last time out after losses to France and Italy cost them dearly.
former captain Michael HooperCenter Hunter Paesami, scrum-half Nick White and prop Tanila Tupou are among those left out of head coach Dave Rennie’s resources.
Australia, however, know Wales are on the ropes too, and it would still be no surprise if they find a winning formula against them after racking up 13 consecutive victories in the fixture between 2009 and 2017.
Recent history reveals victory for Wales
The 13-match losing streak was a painful one for Wales, particularly as six of those defeats were by five points or less.
But the last three fixtures have gone Wales’ way, winning 9-6 in 2018, 29-25 in the 2019 World Cup and 29-28 last year when Rhys Priestland scored with the final kick of the game to break Australian hearts. Accompanied by penalty.
Wales have never beaten the Wallabies four times in a row, so the achievement of such a feat will at least lift spirits at the end of an international year when Piwack’s men take on South Africa (twice), New Zealand, France, England, Ireland were defeated by , Italy and Georgia.
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