Gatland desperate to end Wallabies run

Adam Ashley Cooper is back in the Wallabies squad for the first time in two years

Adam Ashley Cooper is back in the Wallabies squad for the first time in two years

"I wasn't expecting to come on tour but it's an opportunity and there could be the possibility of Super Rugby next year to get to that World Cup", he said. In his first autumn campaign, in 2008, after he had taken over as Wales coach, New Zealander Gatland guided his team to a rare victory over Australia in Cardiff.

The inclusion of Josh Adams is one of three changes to the Wales side that will face the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

"I think there are a few things to realise in terms of the consideration of the team", said Gatland.

"But as far as Australia go, they're a side who on their day can beat any side in the world, they're hugely competitive and have a knack of peaking at every World Cup". "Teams used to be comfortable putting out second string sides against Wales, they don't do that anymore, they come fully loaded and Australia are fully loaded for Saturday".

"We know the threat of (Michael) Hooper and (David) Pocock on the ball, so we have to make sure we have very limited separation between the ball carrier and the player cleaning out". "When we do that, and we have that belief and that consistency, we can damage people with the ball and without the ball".

The 34-year-old, who has been playing in Japan since 2016, said his hunger for success still burns and is hopeful a move back home to secure a Super Rugby contract can bolster his selection hopes.

Gatland also believes outside-half Gareth Anscombe will benefit from having a run of games after impressing in last weekends victory over Scotland.

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"Form Michael Cheika's point of view and also Michael Hooper's, they need some wins to get some confidence back".

Grey labelled consistency "the holy grail" of coaching and said it was something he had been drilling into the group ahead of their first match of the spring tour against Wales on Saturday. "If you want to find a pattern, you can find one anywhere". They're certainly improving their understanding of how to play the game at this really high-paced level.

"It's being clinical in those last few minutes", Gatland told reporters this week, saying decision-making on the field when under pressure had been a major factor in the run of losses.

"I've said for a number of years that the competition in the back row is insane", Tipuric said.

"The good thing about last week was that we were under a lot of pressure at times and we showed composure when we needed to, so hopefully that transfers to this weekend". Everyone has been training hard and there has been a bit of niggle.

"I always look forward to an exciting match".

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