Wales v Australia, Cardiff, December 1
Wales change four for Wallabies
November 29, 2012
Aaron Shingler gets the nod in the back-row for Wales © Getty Images
Warren Gatland has made four changes to the side that fell to the All Blacks last weekend ahead of their match with Australia on Saturday.
The four changes come in the pack with props Gethin Jenkins and Scott Andrews, lock Ian Evans and flanker Aaron Shingler all starting. Jenkins comes into the team for Bath prop Paul James, who is unavailable as the Wallabies clash falls outside the International Rugby Board's autumn Test window, while Andrews replaces Aaron Jarvis, who is out for the rest of the season.
Evans takes his place in the team at the expense of Bradley Davies who is still suffering with concussion after being struck by Andrew Hore in last weekend's match. The only form change is in the back-row, where Shingler takes over from former Wales captain Ryan Jones, who is on the bench.
Liam Williams keeps his place on the wing with George North still struggling with a hip injury while the bench includes uncapped Scarlets prop Samson Lee, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Friday.
Wales will go into the match having lost their last six Tests and they will drop out of the top eight teams in the IRB rankings if they fall to the Wallabies on Saturday. If that happens, then Wales would be in the third tier of countries for Monday's 2015 World Cup Draw.
Gatland will take charge of the side for Saturday and he has called on his team to push on from their impressive second-half showing against the Kiwis last weekend. "We managed to retain 73% possession after the break against the All Blacks and win the territory battle, and we need to put Australia under similar pressure from the outset," Gatland said.
"We have played them regularly over the last couple of years and have come close to winning on a number of occasions, but have not quite been able to get ourselves over the chalk of the finish line. Both sides have had injuries to cope with, but there is every reason for optimism."
L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), L Williams (Scarlets); R Priestland (Scarlets), M Phillips (Bayonne); G Jenkins (Toulon), M Rees (Scarlets), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), I Evans (Ospreys), L Charteris (Perpignan), A Shingler (Scarlets), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), R Bevington (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), R Jones (Ospreys), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Knoyle (Scarlets), D Biggar (Ospreys), S Williams (Scarlets).
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