Parkes admits admiration for great Australian cricket and Rugby Union teams

116-cap Ashley Cooper has made a dramatic return to Michael Cheika’s squad

On September 29 next year, the Wallabies and Wales will face off in Tokyo in a match that should ultimately determine the victor of Pool D.

Only three games will be played; against Wales, Italy and England.

Wales will meet Australia in Pool D of the World Cup in Japan next year, but Wyn Jones played down the significance of Saturday's result.

Michael Cheika's men kick off their tour of the northern hemisphere at the Principality Stadium this weekend but arrive on the back of a poor showing in the Rugby Championship, which they ended with two wins from six matches.

Gatland, who made three changes to his side but kept Gareth Anscombe at fly-half ahead of Dan Biggar, said the Scotland game had been the ideal aperitif to larger fare.

Horan, who became one of Australia's greatest attacking players over a decorated 80-test career from 1989-2000, said one option could be to leave one of the star flankers on the bench in an effort to develop variation and depth in what has been a troublesome position for Cheika's outfit.

"One thing Australia do well is peak for World Cups". Plus, there is a lot of expectation. "We were pleased to get a good opening win under our belts last weekend, and this Saturday is all about building on that".

Wales' New Zealand-born centre Hadleigh Parkes readily admits his admiration for great Australian cricket and rugby union teams.

"With selection we wanted some continuity and to be consistent but also mindful there are a number of players who did really well for us in the summer and they need to be rewarded and have their opportunity".

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"But if you look at how close a lot of those games have been, I think there's been something like seven points, the difference between us and them on average over that period".

Both teams struggled at the set-piece in the first half, Wales with their line-outs and Australia at the scrum, and they went into the break level at 3-3.

"There was definitely talk about the impact and the importance of the bench in this game".

Cheika made four changes to his starting XV from the one that lost most recently to New Zealand.

"It was a real grudge match, a real Test match".

"Just being clinical in that last 10 minutes, we've gone through some of those examples over recent years where we haven't read a certain situation or players have given away stupid penalties or we haven't defended smartly".

Wales will face Australia without inspirational former British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton, who retired earlier this year aged just 28.

"They're [the Wallabies] a very good squad and a very skilled squad".

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