Wallabies v Wales

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The Wallbies must bounce back quickly from Tuesday's loss to Scotland. Source: Getty Images
Australia  will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s humiliating 9-6 defeat to Scotland when they face Six Nations champions Wales  at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. The below strength Wallabies were kept in check by Six Nations strugglers Scotland in Newcastle and coach Robbie Deans has made eight changes to that side for Saturday’s match. There is a totally different front row and centre pairing, while Rob Simmons and Wycliff Palu bolster the backrow.

Wales has made just four changes to the side that clinched the Six Nations in Paris three months ago as they attempt to beat the Wallabies on Australian soil for the first time since 1969. The loss of star centre James Roberts is a big blow for the tourists, but is negated by the fact that Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies form a strong combination as club teammates.

The Wallabies defeated Wales in both the bronze medal game at last year’s World Cup and also on their tour of Europe at the end of last year, but this will be a much tougher test. The margin of victory in those matches was only three and six points respectively, and with the hosts missing several key players through injury, Wales will be confident of testing the world’s number two ranked side.

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