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Australia’s tough year can end on high if history repeats itself in Wales | Paul Rees

The Wallabies have endured a rollercoaster 12 months since winning in Cardiff a year ago but their record against Wales suggests Michael Cheika’s side can get back on track

When Wales were thrashed by New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup semi-final, their then manager, Clive Rowlands, remarked that all was not lost, they could fall back on beating England at Cardiff. They always did then with their neighbours not tasting success at the old Arms Park for 28 years from 1963.

The former England captain John Scott once said that all he could hear in the dressing room before the match in Cardiff in 1979 was the knocking of knees. Defeat duly followed, although vagaries of selection then rather than a jinx tended to account for the run of failure in the Welsh capital, but as Australia seek refuge as they approach the end of a stormy year, it is not the last place they would have chosen to dock.

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