Wales v Australia Rugby: Do you predict Wales or Australia to win? Before you bet with your bookie, we strongly advise you to use our match preview analysis and h2h stats for Wales vs Australia. Wales and Australia is going head-to-head at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 30 November with both teams looking to end their autumn on a high. There is no doubt it is going to be a very tough encounter for Warren Gatland and his side – they must be at their absolute best to come out on top. The British and Irish Lions wing had been expected to miss the whole of the autumn series with an ankle injury picked up playing for Cardiff Blues.
Cuthbert has been a prolific try-scorer at international level, crossing nine times in 18 matches for Wales, including two in the 30-3 Six Nations title win against England in March, but has missed the three autumn internationals so far, against South Africa, Argentina and Tonga. Blues director of rugby Phil Davies confirmed Cuthbert has “recovered well” and is back with Wales. He also added he does not know if the 6ft 5in wing will return against the Wallabies.
Cuthbert has been a prolific try-scorer at international level, crossing nine times in 18 matches for Wales, including two in the 30-3 Six Nations title win against England in March, but has missed the three autumn internationals so far, against South Africa, Argentina and Tonga. Australia has also won the last seven meetings between these extremely popular two nations, so obviously it is no surprise they are the big favorites with the bookies. Wales would have come into these autumn Tests confident that they could challenge the likes of New Zealand, but in truth, their performances have simply not been good enough. The Wallabies have had the best of Wales in the recent past, with Wales’ only success of the professional era coming with a 24-22 win at the Millennium Stadium in 2005.
The countries have met on 27 occasions – Australia leads the series 17-9, with one draw. As for Australia, after their defeat against France in the first autumn international, they would have been a bit anxious about what the remaining games had in store for them. However, the Wallabies have managed to beat England and then Italy, which the team will be delighted with and now they will look to finish on a high. Betting on an away victory will give you odds of 4/6 with Blue Square. However, players have said they will be taking nothing for granted and that they expect to come up against 15 determined Wales players in Cardiff.
Wallabies vs The Red Dragons Rugby Preview_RugbyStream
Venue: Millennium Stadium
Wallabies vs The Red Dragons
Date: Saturday, 30 November
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Players to watch Wales The Red Dragons :
All concentration of Wales supporters will remain on Dragons speedster Hallam Amos who is making his Test debut. He has represented at senior level since he was 17. This 19 year old boy represented his country at U20 level and gets his chance to replicate that form at senior level.
Players to watch Australia:
Australia may have lost Darren Lockyer, Queenslander who retired after the 2011 Four Nations series. But they still has not lifted the World Cup yet as the Kangaroo captain, but in Thurston, his half-back partner in numerous State of Origin battles and Tests, they have the perfect successor. The 30-year-old has a full range of playmaking skills, including a varied kicking game. Mainly because of his midfield combination with Cooper Cronk and the captain and hooker Cameron Smith Australia will be so hard to beat.
Head to Head
Australia has won the last 8 meetings at all grounds but only one of these has been by a double figure margin. 7 of the 8 matches have had total points ranging from 39 to 48. ]
2012: Wallabies vs The Red Dragons 14
2011: Wales 18 Australia 24
2010: Wallabies vs The Red Dragons 25
2009: Wales 12 Australia 30
2008: Wallabies vs The Red Dragons 18
The Red Dragons:
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Owen Williams, 12 Scott Williams, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (capt), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Liam Williams.
Still to name their side at the time of posting but the likes of Ashley-Cooper and Cummins will be available for selection. Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Scott Higginbotham, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill (capt), Salesi Ma’afu, Tatafu Polota Nau, James Slipper. Res: Saia Faingaa, Ben Alexander, Rob Simmons, Radike Samo, Luke Burgess, Anthony Faingaa, Rob Horne