Warren Gatland hoping to end the defeat of Wales against Australia

Every underdog has his day – but despite winning the last 13 Tests against Wales, it is Australia in the hope that they will achieve a surprise result in Cardiff on Saturday.

The tag with favorites often hung heavily around the neck of Wales, but the men of Warren Gatland are now in the almost unprecedented position to play against a giant from the southern hemisphere, supported by every bookmaker in the city.

That's because, despite the decade-long loss of defeat, Wales is undefeated in half a dozen and faces a Wallabies side in sixth place in the world that lost seven of 10 Tests this year.

Time to break the curse and then enjoy the expectation.

Warren Gatland hopes in 13 attempts to win a first victory against Australia

Warren Gatland hopes in 13 attempts to win a first victory against Australia



15. Dane Haylett-Petty (28 tests)

14. Israel Folau (70 tests)

13. Samu Kerevi (22 tests)

12. Kurtley Beale (81 tests)

11. Sefa Naivalu (8 tests)

10. Bernard Foley (65 tests)

9. Will Genia (97 tests)

1. Scott Sio (52 tests)

2. Tolu Latu (10 tests)

3. Allan Alaalatoa (30 tests)

4. Izack Rodda (14 tests)

5. Adam Coleman (28 tests)

6. Jack Dempsey (7 tests)

7. Michael Hooper (c) (88 tests)

8. David Pocock (75 tests)


16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (86 tests)

17. Sekope Kepu (100 tests)

18. Taniela Tupou (9 tests)

19. Rob Simmons (91 Tests)

20. Ned Hanigan (18 tests)

21. Nick Phipps (70 tests)

22. Matt Toomua (39 tests)

23. Jack Maddocks (5 tests)



15. Leigh Halfpenny (79 Caps)

14. George North (77 caps)

13. Jonathan Davies (66 caps)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (9 Caps)

11. Josh Adams (4 Caps)

10. Gareth Anscombe (19 caps)

9. Gareth Davies (34 Caps)

1. Nicky Smith (22 Caps)

2. Ken Owens (58 Caps)

3. Tomas Francis (33 Caps)

4. Adam Beard (5 caps)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (118 caps) (CAPT)

6. Dan Lydiate (63 Caps)

7. Justin Tipuric (58 Caps)

8. Ross Moriarty (24 Caps)


16. Elliot Dee (11 caps)

17. Rob Evans (28 caps)

18. Dillon Lewis (6 Caps)

19. Cory Hill (19 caps)

20. Ellis Jenkins (8 Caps)

21. Tomos Williams (3 Caps)

22. Dan Biggar (62 caps)

23. Liam Williams (48 caps)

& # 39; To be honest I've been pretty disturbed since 2008 & # 39 ;, said Gatland about the losing run.

& # 39; We have been in positions to win and then threw them away. We had to beat Australia a couple of times, but we did not succeed.

This will certainly be important from a point of view of trust and yes, it is well documented that they are under different pressures than we do, but the pressure for us is a favorite and able to deal with it.

& # 39; There is a lot of expectation within the team and you can see it from the players, last week there was a real (good) mood in the team and a certain level of self-confidence. & # 39;

The Australian boss Michael Cheika was more than willing to speak to Wales, and said that the dominance on his side is not relevant Saturday.

& # 39; It's great for the gambler in a cafe café and the game is about getting people interested, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; You do not think about it. I see that the bookmakers do not consider it a problem. We do not mind running like an underdog, do not worry about us.

We will enjoy that status, not that I am a gambling player, and go to Cardiff, where we like to play in the great atmosphere there. We are looking forward to it.

& Wales is in top form. Gatland has a very well organized, well drilled team and that is why they are in the position they are in. It is a great opportunity for us to take their scalp.

& # 39; We have a lot of appetite after an indifferent season and the camp has a really good feeling.

& # 39; All the scars we collect will help us. I see that people within the team are going to change things because they no longer want to feel that pain. & # 39; And Gatland is wary of a wounded Wallaby.

& # 39; You write them off at your own risk, & # 39; he added.

Gareth Anscombe will keep the number 10 shirt for Wales against Australia on Saturday

Gareth Anscombe will keep the number 10 shirt for Wales against Australia on Saturday

Gareth Anscombe will keep the number 10 shirt for Wales against Australia on Saturday

& # 39; Australians are competitors in any sport. They realize the pressure that is being exerted on them in terms of coming to the northern hemisphere and having a successful autumn campaign.

& # 39; That's pretty clear, that's the message that is being conveyed to them … & # 39; He wanted to talk about Dan Biggar who only appeared on the couch. Gareth Anscombe preferred number 10 – a continuity call for victory in Scotland.

& # 39; It was not really a difficult selection decision for us, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; It was one to give Gareth a new chance at this level.

& # 39; It's not about creating a presshype about a big decision to leave Dan Biggar. We did not just want to choose Gareth for one game and then put him on the bench. & # 39;

Adam Beard came on the second row, the size of the 22-year impression on the boss.

& # 39; You can not coach someone to be 6ft 8in and 19 stone – that helps to start, & # 39; said Gatland.

& # 39; He is a player for the future with some real skills. He is well ahead, he only gets better and better. & # 39;