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    Wales squad named for Wallabies match

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/201...ales-australia
    Alex Cuthbert makes surprise return to bolster Wales against Australia
    • Injured Cardiff Blues wing recovers quicker than expected
    • Lions back three with George North and Leigh Halfpenny

    Winger Alex Cuthbert has made a surprise return to the Wales team to play Australia on Saturday after recovering ahead of time from an ankle injury that initially seemed to rule him out of the entire autumn series.

    Cuthbert will be reunited with his British and Irish Lions back three partners George North and Leigh Halfpenny as Wales hope the Lions influence can end their own dismal run against the Wallabies. Wales have won only two of the last 23 meetings and lost to Australia four times in 2012 alone.

    Cuthbert, who scored a try in the Lions' first test win in June and has nine from his 18 Wales appearances, has recovered from an injury picked up in a Heineken Cup match a month ago.

    The match falls outside the international window but North has been released by his English club Northampton, who are likely to be fined for doing so by Premiership rugby as that breaches the clubs' own code of conduct agreement.

    Dan Biggar and Mike Phillips are reunited at half-back after missing Friday's laboured 17-7 win over Tonga, while Scott Williams is also back from injury at centre alongside Owen Williams, who scored a try against Tonga.

    "It's great to have Alex and Scott available and they bring a lot of experience into the back line," coach Warren Gatland said in a statement. "Alex and the medical teams have worked really hard to ensure he is ready for this weekend and it's great to be able to bring him back into the side.

    "We are looking to finish the series off well, the last three games against Australia have gone right down to the wire and I don't expect anything different this weekend."

    Wales twice lost by two points and once by a single point last year but will need a vast improvement on last week's performance if they are to avoid an 18th successive defeat against the southern hemisphere's big three.

    Wales Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), O Williams (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Scarlets), North (Northampton Saints); Biggar (Ospreys), Phillips (Unattached); Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Hibbard (Ospreys) , Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys), Evans (Ospreys), Lydiate (Racing Metro), Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

    Replacements Owens (Scarlets), Bevington (Ospreys), Lee (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Tipuric (Ospreys), R Williams (Scarlets), Priestland (Scarlets), L Williams (Scarlets).

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    Only 4 Williams and 3 Jones???

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    Far too few Jones' to put together a creditable performance.

    Australia by 10 on the back of a severe lack of Jonesness

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    Is that Gareth Faletau?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo View Post
    Is that Gareth Faletau?
    A very Welsh sounding name isn't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Far too few Jones' to put together a creditable performance.

    Australia by 10 on the back of a severe lack of Jonesness
    They've got 1 halfpenny though...
    We'll win. Dunno how convincing it will be though
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    Only one Evans. They're toast.
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    theyll have 70,000 of these though...


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    Least you got to see ten slow motion replays of it, still don't know why our man got one.
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    You can see it in the video here at the three and a half minute mark - http://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby-g...-1226771564479 .

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    Great match! Great to finish the year on a high!
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    "I doubt he would have made that decision himself if it was the All Blacks playing. I haven't spoken to him about it. It is not going to change the result.'' - Warren Gatland.

    Is this the biggest sookiest coach's dummy spit of 2013? By a stack of country miles for mine. Imagine the reaction from the UK press if this had been bleated by an Australian. Bet the Welsh are glad he's an import.




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