Australia vs Wales Teams

Australia vs Wales Teams

Return of Phil Waugh

Return of Phil Waugh

Below are the teams for the Wales vs Wallabies match on Saturday in Cardiff. I like the look of the Aussie team because it says to me that Antipodeans is serious about a Euro clean sweep. The tell tale sign being the tight 5, where the experimenting has gone out the window and we see the first choice scrum back with Chishholm and Robinson to shore up the Loose head side.

He’s put Waugh in, perhaps as a last chance for the Tahs captain, but I don’t think they’ll lose too much in pace with him against the welsh openside warhorse Williams. In fact this game should suit Waugh if anything, and a last 30 from Smith could well be a good cameo.

Brown comes in for Palu who’s bashed his shoulder. Big Cliffy is a hard man to replace these days, he was awesome in Paris.

At last Wallaby supporter voices have been heard and AAC moves out of fullback for Shmoo, who while not a polished 15, made a better fist of it. AAC is bracketed on the bench with Lote, not sure what the bracketing is about though, neither are reported as injured.

15. Drew Mitchell (Western Force)
14. Peter Hynes (Queensland Reds)
13. Ryan Cross (Western Force)
12. Stirling Mortlock (Brumbies) captain
11. Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds)
10. Matt Giteau (Western Force)
9. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)
8. Richard Brown (Western Force)
7. Phil Waugh (NSW Waratahs)
6. Hugh McMeniman (Queensland Reds)
5. Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)
4. Mark Chisholm (Brumbies)
3. Al Baxter (NSW Waratahs)
2. Stephen Moore (Queensland Reds)
1. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)

Run on reserves:

16. Adam Freier (NSW Waratahs)
17. Matt Dunning (NSW Waratahs)
18. Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
19. George Smith (Brumbies)
20. Sam Cordingley (Queensland Reds)
21. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)
22. Lote Tuqiri (NSW Waratahs) or Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)


Lee Byrne; Mark Jones, Tom Shanklin, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams; Stephen Jones, Gareth Cooper; Andy Powell, Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones (capt); Ian Gough, Alun-Wyn Jones; Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins

Replacements: Richard Hibbard, John Yapp, Luke Charteris, Dafydd Jones, Martin Roberts, James Hook, Andrew Bishop

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