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    Wallabies Named to Play Wales

    Digby Ioane, Will Genia, Wycliff Palu and Benn Robinson have all been cleared, and today named in the Qantas Wallabies side that will play Wales at Cardiff on Saturday.

    The quartet were all previously in doubt due to injury, with Ioane being a late withdrawal from last weekend’s Test against Scotland at Edinburgh, while Genia, Palu and Robinson were forced from the field in that match.

    Their roles were confirmed after they each successfully came through training at the University of Glamorgan today.

    Ioane’s return at centre in place of Ryan Cross is one of three changes to the Australian starting XV from that which took the field in the Hopetoun Cup Test match. The others see flanker David Pocock and lock Dean Mumm gain starts, for George Smith and Mark Chisholm respectively.

    Pocock was rested last weekend against Scotland, after being heavily involved earlier in the tour, while Mumm has been rewarded for his all-round efforts.

    As well as being a member of the Test match squad through the trip, the NSW Waratahs second rower also led the midweek Australian XV to victories over firstly Gloucester, and then Cardiff earlier this week.

    Both Smith and Chisholm have been included on the bench, as has NSW Waratahs utility back Kurtley Beale and Western Force prop Matt Dunning.

    Beale, who will make his debut if called onto the field, scored two tries from the unfamiliar wing position during Tuesday night’s 31-3 win over Cardiff. He offers additional cover at flyhalf, inside centre, wing and fullback.

    Cross, loose forward Richard Brown and prop Sekope Kepu have all been omitted after featuring in last week’s match night squad.

    Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says the recovery of the injured quartet is a big boost for his side as it bids to finish a demanding year strongly.

    “They’re all, in their own right, influential players, both in terms of their actions and the impact that they have on their mates around them, so it is good to have them all back on deck,” Deans says.

    “No one was more disappointed than us, in terms of the way our most recent Test outing turned out. It was an incredibly frustrating night for everyone involved, as it no doubt was for everyone who was watching back home. We can’t alter that outcome now but we’re not dwelling on it either. We will learn the lessons from that experience and move on. As a group, we are fortunate that we have another opportunity, so that we can attempt to end this tour, and the year, on a more positive note.”

    Scotland’s 9-8 win last weekend has denied the Wallabies an opportunity to complete the European leg of their expedition unbeaten.

    In Wales, they now face an opponent that edged out last year’s tourists 21-18, to secure the James Bevan Trophy for the first time.

    “This match is a big test of our collective character as a group, there’s no doubt about that,” Deans says.

    “As they showed when we visited last year, and in the recent home matches that they’ve had against South Africa and the All Blacks, the Welsh are a formidable opponent. They’ve consistently been one of the best teams in Europe during the last two years, have an experienced playing roster, and had a wide representation on the British Lions tour earlier in the year.”

    Wales approaches the final game of its November series confident after piecing together successive victories over Samoa and Argentina following a first-up 12-19 defeat by New Zealand.

    The 2008 Six Nations Grand Slam champions have been highly competitive at home against the Tri-Nations teams in the last two years, getting within seven of the All Blacks three weeks ago, and five of the Springboks during a 15-20 defeat last year, as well as their win over the Wallabies.

    Just six of the players named in Qantas Wallabies starting line-up announced today were also in the run on side 12 months ago, when Wales beat Australia.

    Those players are Ioane, Drew Mitchell, Peter Hynes, Matt Giteau, Stephen Moore and Benn Robinson. Mitchell (who played fullback) and Ioane (wing) are in different positions a year on.

    This weekend’s match at the Millennium Stadium will be refereed by Wayne Barnes of England.

    Saturday night represents the Wallabies’ 14th and final Test of the year, with the majority of the team returning to Australia on Sunday night.

    The Qantas Wallabies team to play Wales in the James Bevan Trophy Test at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday 28 November, 5.15pm kick off (4.15am, Sun 29 Nov, AEST), is:

    1. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)
    2. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)
    3. Ben Alexander (Brumbies)
    4. James Horwill (Queensland Reds)
    5. Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
    6. Rocky Elsom (Brumbies, captain)
    7. David Pocock (Western Force)
    8. Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)

    9. Will Genia (Queensland Reds)
    10. Matt Giteau (Brumbies)
    11. Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs)
    12. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)
    13. Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds)
    14. Peter Hynes (Queensland Reds)
    15. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)

    Run on reserves:

    16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs)
    17. Matt Dunning (Western Force)
    18. Mark Chisholm (Brumbies)
    19. George Smith (Brumbies)
    20. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)
    21. James O’Connor (Western Force)
    22. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)


    Australia v Wales – Historical Notes

    • This is the 29th meeting between the two sides. Australia has won 17 of the previous Tests and Wales 10, with the 2006 clash at the Millennium Stadium drawn 29-29.
    • The rivalry between the two teams on Welsh soil has been close: Australia has won nine times to Wales’ eight, along with the 2006 draw. Significantly the Wallabies have won just once in their last four visits to Cardiff.
    • Saturday sees the James Bevan trophy at stake for just the third time – and the second on Welsh home soil. Wales holds the trophy by virtue of its 21-18 win in Cardiff last year.
    • The Trophy was inaugurated in 2007 to commemorate the 100th year of Test Rugby between Australia and Wales. Bevan was an Australian born Welshman who was the first ever captain of the Welsh Rugby team. Australia won the inaugural James Bevan Trophy on home turf after defeating Wales 2-0 in the series.
    • The most tries scored by an Australian player in a single Test against Wales is two. This has been achieved by nine different players. Matt Giteau, who has three career tries to his name against Wales, is just two behind Chris Latham, whose five tries represent the most by a Wallaby against Wales in Tests.
    • Australia won the 1999 Rugby World Cup final at the Millennium Stadium, defeating France 35-12 in the final. The Wallabies had earlier beaten a Graham Henry-coached Wales 24-9 in the quarter-finals at the venue.

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    the same old story

    I cannot believe that Deans have picked this team He obviously either doesn't have the balls or he doesn't have a say in team selection.

    Up front it doesn't look to bad but once again he has a below average backline

    How Drew makes his way into the team week in and week out I cannot understand
    And Gits ?? does he have a contract that stipulates that he must start every game??

    I really hope the Wallabies does well this weekend but it is all going to be decided at the second five position is Gits going to do what it takes or is he going to hide, standing so deep that the rest of the backline ends up in front of him or creeping wide to see if Cooper will take the heat of him by filling the gap at second five.
    Oh and can someone tell him he has a whole backline to look after not just himself

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    Same Pieter, my first reaction was "skinny on locks, left hand of the backline is shit" the lock thing is all about injury, we're a country that's seriously short of international grade locks, but seriously! goes Matt Giteau and his bum-boy left winger have pictures of Robbie Deans rodgering an underaged chicken?

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    The chicken was a consenting pullet...

    Apart from an obsession with Mumm as a Test player and either an obvious 10-12 switch or trying JO'C in position with his Flyhalf partner from S14 09, I think this is probably the strongest combination from the available Squad.
    If fit, personally I would always prefer Turner over Mitchell but not sure of his status.

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    A quick call to Vickerman could sort out our lock situation...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Same Pieter, my first reaction was "skinny on locks, left hand of the backline is shit" the lock thing is all about injury, we're a country that's seriously short of international grade locks, but seriously! goes Matt Giteau and his bum-boy left winger have pictures of Robbie Deans rodgering an underaged chicken?
    I beat Lote wished he had had those photos....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone Cold View Post
    A quick call to Vickerman could sort out our lock situation...
    Vickerman a great player but he's yesterdays man... he doesn't want to be there... We need move on and develop find new locks in our S14 teams....

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    Wasn't Justin Harrison looking for one last game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    Wasn't Justin Harrison looking for one last game?
    No just another line (out)

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    This is the welsh side for the weekends clash for the 2 or 3 of you who are interested.

    1 Gethin Jenkins
    2 Matthew Rees
    3 Paul James
    4 Alun-Wyn Jones
    5 Luke Charteris
    6 Andy Powell
    7 Martyn Williams
    8 Ryan Jones (c)
    9 Dwayne Peel
    10 Stephen Jones
    11 Shane Williams
    12 Jonathan Davies
    13 Jamie Roberts
    14 Leigh Halfpenny
    15 James Hook

    Replacements
    16 Huw Bennett
    17 Duncan Jones
    18 Jonathan Thomas
    19 Dan Lydiate
    20 Martin Roberts
    21 Andrew Bishop
    22 Tom James

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    We've got them covered, only three Jones'...

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    Damn you and your masses of free time Burgs!

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    Nice - Jones isn't playing...

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    True, but I think Jones could give us some trouble

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    Dunning hasnt had much game time on tour! Cant believ they keep on with Palu his ball retention skills are crap all he is is big.... give browny another go u know he will give 120% every time..... maybe it his yellow cards that keep him out...??

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    Ryan Jones has been ruled out with a back injury

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,...016959,00.html

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