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Wales v Australia: rugby union international – live!

Michael Cheika has no worries about being the underdog this week.

He said:

You’ve always got to look at the 80 minutes ahead of you and everything else is conjecture and small talk. It’s great for the punter at a café or bar, that’s what the game is for. You get a lot of interest in it.

But I see the bookies don’t see it’s any issue, so we don’t mind running as an underdog. Don’t worry about us. We’ll enjoy that status – not that I’m a gambling man or anything like that – and get down to Cardiff. A great atmosphere, we love playing down there.”

Biggar and Liam Williams are available but Warren Gatland has stuck with those who served him well against Scotland.

Warren Gatland said:

We wanted some continuity from last week as well as rewarding players who did well for us in the summer.

We know Liam’s capabilities and this will give us a good opportunity to look at Josh and, while we are aware of Dan’s qualities, we did not want to put Gareth back on the bench after one game. Adam Beard is 6ft 8in and 19st, player of the future who has real skills in a position where we want to create strength. We want to see how he performs at the next level.I have had frank conversations with players who have not been selected. It is not about creating media hype about someone not being picked but building for the next 10 months.

We have one of the strongest benches we have had for a long time. There is some experience there and we talked about the importance of the impact of the replacements. Many of the defeats to Australia happened because we were not clinical in the last few minutes. The match is definitely important in terms of confidence, with Australia the biggest opponents in our World Cup pool next year and we have to manage expectations.”

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