Australia v Wales LIVE rugby: Result and reaction as Wallabies end losing run with victory in Sydney

Australia v Wales LIVE rugby: Result and reaction as Wallabies end losing run with victory in Sydney

Wales suffered defeat to Australia in Sydney this morning in the first of two summer international Tests against the Wallabies.

Warren Gatland’s side had gone into the game on the back of seven straight defeats, having lost all of their matches at the Six Nations earlier this year and then falling to a 41-13 defeat at the hands of South Africa in June, and were unable to buck the trend against Australia.

In the first half their issues were rooted in the set pieces, and they struggled to make inroads in the scrum, but in the second it started to look a bit more frantic and they couldn’t find a way through the Australia line.

For the Wallabies, new head coach Joe Schmidt led them to victory having taken over after Eddie Jones led them to a humiliating elimination at the pool stage of the 2023 World Cup.

Both of these sides faced off in that tournament, with Wales running out 40-6 victors in September, though injuries and retirements mean that this time round, Gatland’s squad is weaker than he’d have liked heading into the tour.

Follow all the latest updates and reaction during the first test below, as well as all the reaction to New Zealand v England:

Summer Internationals: Australia v Wales

  • REPORT: Wales’ losing run continues despite showing promise in 25-16 loss to Australia

  • TRY! Tom Wright weaves through Wales and that’s magic [AUS 25-16 WAL]

  • TRY! Taniela Tupou keeps low to finish in early boost for Wallabies [AUS 13-3 WAL]

Wales’ losing run continues, but there were promising signs against Australia

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Wales’ long run of defeats continued despite a battling performance in Sydney as they were beaten 25-16 by Australia.

It was their 12th successive loss to the Wallabies in Australia, and eighth on the bounce against all opponents.

Warren Gatland’s team have not won a Test match since they saw off 2023 World Cup pool opponents Georgia nine months ago, but they pushed new-look Australia close at the Allianz Stadium.

Wales’ losing run continues, but there were promising signs against Australia

Full time: Australia 25-16 Wales

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Dawi Lake: “Unfortunately resilience doesn’t win games, credit to the heart and the dig in the boys showed, but as a young team we’ve got to learn to win games, to put points on the board and see games out.

“We said we can’t leave opportunities out on the field.”

When asked about the next game, he said: “It’s about learning quickly and learning how to see these games out.”

Full time: Australia 25-16 Wales

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The new Australia head coach has won his first Test match in charge.

It might not have been the smoothest game for them, and was ultimately decided by a stunning try from Wright, but a new captain and a number of debutants have led them to victory.

Wales had their bright moments, and will want to build on those going into the second Test, but Australia were arguably the deserved winners.

Australia 25-16 Wales, 80 minutes

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Wales will have one last attack but it’s been kicked out.

They have just struggled to open up that Australia line.

Australia 25-16 Wales, 78 minutes

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Australia take the ball from the line out, and the set pieces have let them down a little bit.

The Wallabies kick clear, Wales come to try and attack them again, but the hosts have another penalty.

Australia 25-16 Wales, 76 minutes

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Wales have a penalty for player leaving feet, but they would need a try and more to level things here.

Can they produce something here?

Australia 25-16 Wales, 74 minutes

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Wales go on the charge, and find a way into the 22.

They are gaining but slowly, and the ball is chipped over the top for Hathaway but just out of reach, although the Wales player is claiming his arm was pulled out of the way.

Australia 25-16 Wales, 72 minutes

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What have Wales got to answer that? There are less than 10 minutes left, and Wales have not won in Sydney since 1969.

They are trying to break through, but the Wallabies have forced them back and into touch.

Try: Australia 25-16 Wales, 69 minutes

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What a try!

Tom Wright has just weaved his way through in transition.

It was Lynagh and then Wright who took over to score a brilliant try. Wales were just too narrow, and Wright just had to beat Tomkins to then drive through to the lines.

It was too big an ask for the covering defender and that was a stunning try.

Lynagh converts, and Australia have a healthy lead.

Australia 18-16 Wales, 65 minutes

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Wales kick it, but on the full, so the ball will go back for a scrum to the visitors just around the half way mark.

Wales have just started to force the unforced errors and but the Wallabies under pressure.

Penalty: Australia 18-16 Wales, 65 minutes

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Penalty: Australia are doing so well to slow down the Welsh attack, other than their mauls, which have been impressive throughout the game.

Wales have a penalty, it’s a long way out but Thomas goes for it, and he sends it straight through the posts off the left-hand upright!

Australia 18-13 Wales, 62 minutes

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Bevan kicks well and sets up a 50-22, in only his second Test match, can Wales use this as an opportunity to push forwards.

Australia 18-13 Wales, 60 minutes

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Australia have the ball in a dangerous area, and they’re edging closer again.

Last time Wales had something, but this time it’s Australia who ruin their own advantage.

Lolesio does a kick to the outside, and it has gone straight through the runner’s hands.

That was a strange decision, they had numbers forward and options.

No try! Australia 18-13 Wales, 57 minutes

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That’s unlucky for Wales, they were judged to have obstructed Australia and the hosts will stay five points ahead.

It looked for a moment like Botham, who had only been on the field for a matter of moments, would have a second for Wales.

Try! Australia 18-18 Wales

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The Welsh lineout to try has looked so threatening.

Australia thought Wales were going straight and they have just gone round the back and found a way through!

Only a penalty would have stopped it and that was an impressive comeback from Wales.

But it’s not time for celebration yet, the referee is looking at the screen...

Australia 18-13 Wales, 56 minutes

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Wainwright tried to drive forwards and for a brief second it looked like he was through, but there was just a late tackle.

Wales have a penalty as they drive again.

Australia 18-13 Wales, 53 minutes

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It was a missed conversion attempt from Lolesio, but the try was scored quite wide on the right hand side.

Wales were truly cut open there.

Try! Australia 18-13 Wales, 53 minutes

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Wales have brought Kemsley Mathias on for Gareth Thomas.

Australia are driving at Wales, and they have the advantage here, and they have their second try!

It looked like Daugunu had missed his chance, but he slid in over the line, and Australia have extended their lead at what could be a crucial moment in the second half.

Australia 13-13 Wales, 47 minutes

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Just moments after drawing level, Australia have a scrum.

Australia edge towards the line, and are rolling through the phases.

But Wales get the penalty, it looked like a try was about to happen, and that was so important for Wales!

Penalty: Australia 13-13 Wales, 46 minutes

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Australia have given away another penalty, the ball was kicked and ricocheted towards the line, but big carries from Wainwright and Lake in midifeld.

Thomas will kick, and this is a chance to make things level! Thomas sends the ball through the posts!

Australia 13-10 Wales, 43 minutes

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Wales have a penalty from the five, the front rows go down, and they will go again.

Hathaway tries to run it, but is forced over the sidelines.

Australia 13-10 Wales, 41 minutes

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Wales got off to a blistering start, Thomas found Williams, and Wright had to touch down behind the line to prevent them scoring their second scrum!

Australia 13-10 Wales, 41 minutes

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Australia make two attacking changes at the break, what can that change?

Half time: Australia 13-10 Wales

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Here are some photos from the first half:

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Half time: Australia 13-10 Wales

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Australia were 10 metres out but it was juggled, and Wales have the ball back. It was good defence, they have put the Wallabies’ carry under pressure.

That will be half time!

Just one penalty separating the sides, it has been a good and entertaining half with neither side managing to really take charge of the game.

Australia 13-10 Wales, 36 minutes

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Bevan has dropped it! That was a straightforward catch. There was no player next to him, and they had been chasing catches well until that point.

Australia have the upper hand just before half time break, what can they make of it?

Australia 13-10 Wales, 34 minutes

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Wales have a penalty after Hathaway was taken out in the air.

The game has just broken up a little bit, and Wales have not been very impressive in the scrum so far.

Try-scorer Tupou was limping after the scrum, and the Wallabies will be keen to keep him on the field after his injury in the World Cup hurt their chances.

Australia 13-10 Wales, 34 minutes

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Wales are back to full strength.

But it’s an Australia scrum, and they have the penalty.

Australia 13-10 Wales, 30 minutes

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Liam Williams produces a better kick and gets a 50-22 at a tight angle.

Hathaway got involved but it was knocked forwards and the ball goes back to Australia, after it was spilled by Lake.

Australia 13-10 Wales, 30 minutes

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Both sides now have 14, but Wales will be back to full strength sooner.

The game has just started to get a little scrappy as Australia boot the ball clear.

A lot of the play is being played in the central third, and both sides have resorted to kicks.

Australia 13-10 Wales, 27 minutes

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There is a hold up as Australia were preparing to take a penalty. It looks like there was a tackle on the lower leg, Plumtree was tacked in the leg, but it has been judged as thigh, and the game will continue.

Penalty try! Australia 13-10 Wales, 26 minutes

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Penalty try: This game has completely turned on its head.

Despite being a player down in the forwards, Wales won three penalties in a row and drove the ball over the line with a strong maul to take the penalty try!

Australia have also been shown a yellow card of their own, and have not looked the same since scoring their first try.

Australia 13-3 Wales, 25 minutes

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Ben Thomas had a probing chip through just hoping someone could get on the end of it.

There is a check to see if there was a touch before Dyer swooped onto the loose ball, and he did, so the ball will go back to Wales for an earlier penalty.

Australia 13-3 Wales, 23 minutes

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Wales have a penalty and Thomas has kicked the ball into touch after a yellow card was shown in the aftermath of the try.

The advantage is with Wales, who are being pushed back in the maul, and Dyer pounced on a loose ball over the line. This will be checked!

Conversion! Australia 13-3 Wales, 22 minutes

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Lolesio had missed a kick earlier, but makes no mistakes from that one, it was close to the posts, and the Wallabies are now in a healthy lead against Wales.

Try! Australia 11-3 Wales, 20 minutes

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Wales have yet to make it into Australia’s 22, while the Wallabies break in for the third time in the match.

They are trying to drive the ball over the line, but Wales are just about pegging them back as they creep closer.

And they make it! Taniela Tupou scores his 7th try for the nation as he kept low to fall just over the line.

Australia 6-3 Wales, 18 minutes

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An offiside call gives Wales the advantage, and more importantly a chance to breathe after an impressive passage of play for Australia.

Slipper is down for the Wallabies and receiving treatment, but he is okay to continue.

Australia 6-3 Wales, 16 minutes

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The Wallabies have another penalty for offside, and it’s a good kick to gain around 40 yards for the line out.

Australia have just dominated physically a bit in these early stages.

Wales conceded 15 penalties against South Africa a couple of weeks ago and is the same thing happening here?

Australia 6-3 Wales, 14 minutes

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Penalty: Lolesio has another chance, and this one goes straight through the posts!

Australia 3-3 Wales, 13 minutes

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Scrum: It’s the first scrum of the match, and it will be a test for Wales that they have failed, the Wallabies get the penalty.

Australia 3-3 Wales, 10 minutes

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Penalty: Noah Lolesio misses it!

It was about 22 yards out and reasonably central, and he has missed!

That was a very kickable kick for the 24 year old, and the head coach does not look too impressed.

Australia 3-3 Wales, 9 minutes

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A flat pass from Thomas was too much for Dyer and goes straight into the sideline, giving the ball back to Australia.

Wales are open at the back and have run through!

Australia have the advantage but they go for a big chip over the top, taken by Williams.

The Wallabies try a kick through but the penalty was called for offside.

Australia 3-3 Wales, 7 minutes

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Penalty: Australia maul for the line, one of the passes wasn’t quite there, but they have the advantage, and a penalty right in front of the posts!

A straightforward penalty and the hosts are level.

Australia 0-3 Wales, 6 minutes

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How important is the 9, 10, 12 Cardiff combination going to be? That club understanding could come in useful for this largely inexperienced Wales team.

Australia have a penalty, Wales came in from the side, it’s not far away from the line, but they have kicked for the line out instead of going for the posts.

Australia 0-3 Wales, 3 minutes

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Wales have not taken the scrum, instead they go for the point, it was for a miss-timed tackle.

Thomas, the sixth starting fly half of the Warren Gatland era, hits his first kick of the match, it wasn’t an easy one, it was quite far out and down the left hand side, but that went straight between the posts!

Australia 0-0 Wales

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2 minutes: The opening line-out for Wales was well controlled, and they make good ground against an organised Australia team, but Thomas kicks high and the runner can’t get there.

The game will be brought back for a scrum, the first of the match.

Australia 0-0 Wales

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Wales kick the game underway, Ben Thomas with the kick in the number 10 shirt.

Australia v Wales

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National anthems are done, and the match is about to get underway!

Australia v Wales

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The players are making their way out onto the field, and lining up for the national anthems.

Australia v Wales

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The players are in their pre-match huddles in the changing room and are just getting to make their way onto the field for the first match of a two-Test series in Australia.

This one, the first one, is at the Allianz Arena in Sydney.

Australia v Wales

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This is going to be a big day for Aaron Wainwright, who will be awarded his 50th cap for Wales.

While the country is trying to figure out how to fill the role left by Tomas Francis who moved to Provence after the 2023 World Cup.

Australia v Wales

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The match will kick off in just 10 minutes time, but there have been a lot of changes in Australian Rugby after the World Cup last autumn so no one is too sure what to make of this side.

From a Wales perspective, they will sense an opportunity to secure their first win in the country since 1969

Australia v Wales

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Both sides completed their captain’s run at the Allianz Arena in Sydney yesterday in preparation for this morning’s clash.

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Wales coach Mike Forshaw warns Australia will be ‘different animal’ to World Cup

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Mike Forshaw expects Wales to encounter “a different animal” from the 2023 World Cup in Saturday’s first Test against Australia.

When Wales last met the Wallabies they posted a record 40-6 victory as Australia’s World Cup campaign unravelled with indecent haste.

With former England head coach Eddie Jones at the helm, Australia made a pool stage exit for the first time after also losing to Fiji.

Jones departed just 10 months into a five-year contract, with Australian rugby chiefs then turning to ex-Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.

Schmidt, who masterminded three Six Nations title triumphs during his stint with Ireland, takes charge for the first time in Sydney this weekend.

“They will be a different side, a different animal from the last time we played them,” Wales assistant coach and defence specialist Forshaw said. “I think they will be a lot more structured under Joe Schmidt, and they will know exactly what they are going for.”

Wales coach Mike Forshaw warns Australia will be ‘different animal’ to World Cup

Regan Grace ‘has so much talent’ and can be success for Wales, says Rio Dyer

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Wales newcomer Regan Grace has been described as “an unbelievable player” after securing a place in Warren Gatland’s Australia tour squad.

Despite playing only two senior games of rugby union for his club Bath, former league star Grace could pull on the red shirt Down Under.

Whether that is during two Tests against the Wallabies or a July 19 appointment with Queensland Reds, a first Wales appearance looks likely sooner rather than later for the 27-year-old wing.

Grace, who scored 89 tries for St Helens during a league career that saw him feature in three Grand Final-winning teams, is under contract with Bath until the end of next season.

He switched codes in 2022 but ruptured his Achilles tendon ahead of joining French Top 14 club Racing 92 and he did not play for them at all after suffering an injury relapse six months later.

Regan Grace ‘has so much talent’ and can be success for Wales, says Rio Dyer

Josh Hathaway to make Test debut for Wales against Wallabies in Sydney

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Gloucester back Josh Hathaway will make his Test debut and Cardiff’s Ben Thomas has been handed the fly-half role when Wales face Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

Aberystwyth-born Hathaway, who has represented Wales and England at under-20 level, starts on the wing.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland moved quickly to secure the 20-year-old’s services, which was brought into sharp focus after Exeter wing Immanuel Feyi-Waboso was in a similar position last season and chose England.

Josh Hathaway to make Test debut for Wales against Wallabies in Sydney

Talking points ahead of Australia v Wales

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Aaron Wainwright hits half-century

No 8 Wainwright will become the latest member of Wales’ 50-cap club when he runs out in Sydney on Saturday, and there can be little doubt about the value he brings to Gatland’s team.

Consistency is his trademark, and he has effortlessly filled a position that Taulupe Faletau made his own for many seasons, featuring in two thirds of the Tests Wales have played since he made his debut against Argentina in San Juan six years ago.

Wainwright’s experience and reliability will be crucial if Wales are to make an impact Down Under, with his work alongside back-row colleagues Reffell and Taine Plumtree being a vital cog in the machinery.

Talking points ahead of Australia v Wales

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Ben Thomas moves to number 10

It is safe to say that Wales’ No 10 shirt is up for grabs. Since Gatland returned for a second stint as Wales head coach ahead of the 2023 Six Nations, Cardiff prospect Thomas will become his sixth different starting fly-half.

Dan Biggar has now retired from Test rugby, while the experienced Gareth Anscombe suffered another injury setback during the World Cup.

Owen Williams, Sam Costelow and Ioan Lloyd have also had chances of varying degrees, and attention now turns to Thomas, who regularly features for Cardiff as a centre. He returns to Test rugby three years after his last Wales appearance, and the stage is his to make a statement.

Talking points ahead of Australia v Wales

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Life after Eddie Jones

Australia slumped to a World Cup low at the 2023 tournament in France, making a pool stage exit for the first time before head coach Eddie Jones’ reign ended just 10 months into a five-year contract.

The former England boss won only two of his nine games in charge, with Wales among those to pile on the misery through a 40-6 World Cup victory in Lyon.

Australian rugby chiefs then turned to former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt, who masterminded three Six Nations title triumphs and victories over New Zealand during a success-laden time at the helm, and he is now poised for a first game as Wallabies head coach amid considerable expectation that he can turn things around.

Talking points ahead of Australia v Wales

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Gatland welcomes reinforcements

Wales’ opening summer international saw them lose 41-13 against South Africa at Twickenham, but as that game fell outside World Rugby’s fixture schedule window it meant that England-based players Nick Tompkins, Josh Hathaway, Dillon Lewis, Archie Griffin, Dafydd Jenkins, Christ Tshiunza and Tommy Reffell were unavailable for selection.

Gatland can now call on their services again, though, as Wales target a first Test match victory for nine months.

Jenkins and Reffell, especially, are cornerstones of the head coach’s pack, and they will have huge roles to play in Sydney, while it will be fascinating to see how uncapped Gloucester back Josh Hathaway fares at the top level.

Talking points ahead of Australia v Wales

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Wales have gone under Down Under

It is 55 years since Wales beat the Wallabies on Australian soil. That 19-16 success at Sydney Cricket Ground in 1969 was secured by a Wales team featuring players like JPR Williams, John Dawes, Barry John and Gareth Edwards, but it has been one-way traffic during 11 subsequent meetings.

Wales lost the lot, including sizeable defeats such as 63-6 (1991), 42-3 (1996) and 31-0 (2007), although the last time they visited in 2012 they went down by a combined margin of just three points across the second and third Tests.

Both nations are in rebuilding mode during the early stages of a four-year World Cup cycle, yet history shows how tough a task Wales face.

Dewi Lake says Wales spurred on by chance to end miserable record in Australia

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Dewi Lake insists that records are “meant to be broken” as Wales target a first victory against Australia Down Under for 55 years. Wales captain Lake leads his team in Sydney on Saturday, striving to avoid an eighth successive defeat.

Wales last won a Test match during the 2023 World Cup pool stage, when they defeated Georgia, and the Wallabies have reeled off 11 successive triumphs against them in Australia since losing 19-16 in 1969. Lake knows what it takes to defy the odds, having featured when Wales beat South Africa in Bloemfontein two years ago.

And the last time Wales met Australia – a World Cup clash in Lyon – they prevailed 40-6 as the Wallabies lurched towards an early exit. Since then, though, Wales have suffered a run of losses that includes a Six Nations wooden spoon, while Australia are now under the coaching direction of former Ireland boss Joe Schmidt, who succeeded Eddie Jones.

“Records like that (Wales’ defeats in Australia) are meant to be broken,” Lake said. “It gives us a great opportunity, a great marker something this group can change or leave behind.

Dewi Lake says Wales spurred on by chance to end miserable record in Australia

Wales team news

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Gloucester wing Josh Hathaway is the eye-catching inclusion in the Welsh starting side as Warren Gatland wastes no time capping a player who represented both Wales and England at youth level. Cardiff’s Ben Thomas is handed the starting fly half’s shirt despite playing most of his rugby at inside centre domestically, with club colleagues Ellis Bevan and Mason Grady backed at nine and 12 respectively. Bath prop Archie Griffin will make his first Test start.

Wales XV: 1 Gareth Thomas, 2 Dewi Lake (capt.), 3 Archie Griffin; 4 Christ Tshiunza, 5 Dafydd Jenkins; 6 Taine Plumtree, 7 Tommy Reffell, 8 Aaron Wainwright; 9 Ellis Bevan, 10 Ben Thomas; 11 Rio Dyer, 12 Mason Grady, 13 Owen Watkin, 14 Josh Hathaway; 15 Liam Williams

Replacements: 16 Evan Lloyd, 17 Kemsley Mathias, 18 Harri O’Connor, 19 Cory Hill, 20 James Botham; 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Sam Costelow, 23 Nick Tompkins

Australia team news

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Joe Schmidt selects a new-look Wallabies side skippered for the first time by flanker Liam Wright. His 23 features seven uncapped players and just six survivors from the 40-6 defeat to Wales at the World Cup.

Centre Josh Flook and lock Jeremy Williams will make their debuts in the starting line-up, with prop Isaac Kailea, lock Angus Blyth, loose forward Charlie Cale, wing Dylan Pietsch and fly half Tom Lynagh —the 21-year-old son of Wallabies great Michael — the newbies on an inexperienced bench.

Australia XV: 1 James Slipper, 2 Matt Faessler, 3 Taniela Tupou; 4 Jeremy Williams, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto; 6 Liam Wright (capt.), 7 Fraser McReight, 8 Rob Valetini; 9 Jake Gordon, 10 Noah Lolesio; 11 Filipo Daugunu, 12 Hunter Paisami, 13 Josh Flook, 14 Andrew Kellaway; 15 Tom Wright.

Replacements: 16 Billy Pollard, 17 Isaac Kailea, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Charlie Cale, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Tom Lynagh, 23 Dylan Pietsch.

How to watch Australia v Wales

08:20 , Luke Baker

The first Test is set to kick off at 10.45am BST on Saturday 6 July at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on Sky Sports Action, with coverage on the channel from 10.30am BST. Subscribers can stream the encounter via Sky Go.

If you’re not a Sky customer, you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Everything you need to know about Wales v Australia

08:10 , Luke Baker

Wales and Australia meet with each in need of a victory at the start of a two-Test series.

A disastrous Six Nations campaign continued a difficult year for Welsh Rugby, with Warren Gatland’s side securing a wooden spoon.

Injuries and retirements mean Gatland’s touring party is weaker than he’d like as he seeks to end a 55-year wait for a Welsh win over the Wallabies on Australian soil.

The hosts, meanwhile, are set to play their first match under Joe Schmidt after the ex-Ireland boss and All Blacks assistant replaced Eddie Jones at the end of a woeful World Cup last year.

Here’s everything you need to know:

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Australia v Wales

08:00 , Luke Baker

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Australia v Wales from Sydney. A fascinating Test series awaits as two rugby nations in complete and utter disarray collide.

Stick with us for all the action from the first Test.