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The Wallabies will be desperate to end their Spring Tour and their year with a victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Both sides will feel disappointed with their respective performances over the past few weeks and have one final chance in 2021 to impress coaches and fans. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 04:30 am (AEDT).
Dave Rennie has been forced yet again into more changes to his starting XV as a result of injury with the Wallabies due to miss talismanic leader Michael Hooper who will be replaced by Pete Samu.
The news is better in the front row though as Rennie has been able to bring back Taniela Tupou to the starting line up and Allan Alaalatoa to the bench. The pack struggled against England last week and stand-in skipper James Slipper, will want to lead the forwards to a much stronger performance.
Waratahs centre Lalakai Foketi will likely make his debut from the bench and replaces club teammate Izaia Perese. On the wing, Filipo Daugunu makes a return from a broken arm to the Wallabies starting lineup and replaces Tom Wright who had a tough day out at Twickenham.
If you think Australia have struggled with selection challenges, then take a moment to think about the situation that Wales coach Wayne Pivac has had to deal with. As a result of selection restrictions, injuries and some disappointing performances, Pivac has selected 40 different players so far for their three past Tests.
But it’s not all bad news and Pivac will be happy to have some of his top talent back for this clash with the Wallabies – a side the Welsh have beaten three times in a row. Dangerous wiger Josh Adams and exciting number eight Aaron Wainwright, are both back. Joining Wainwright in the forwards, Tomas Francis and Seb Davies are back, while New Zealand born centre Uilisi Halaholo will get his sixth cap.
Having won the Six Nations earlier this year, Wales will be disappointed at how they’ve performed against the Southern Hemisphere sides so far this tour and both the team and the crowd will be well up for this clash against a tired Wallabies side that hasn’t played much together.
Wales by 5.
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 04:30 am (AEDT), Sunday 21st November 2021
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Wales $1.76, Australia $2.06 – odds via PlayUp
Referee: Mike Adamson
15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 13. Len Ikitau, 12. Hunter Paisami, 11. Filipo Daugunu, 10. James O’Connor, 9. Nic White, 8. Rob Valetini, 7. Pete Samu, 6. Rob Leota, 5. Izack Rodda, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Taniela Tupou, 2. Tolu Latu, 1. James Slipper (c)
16. Folau Fainga’a, 17. Angus Bell, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Will Skelton, 20. Lachlan Swinton, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Lalakai Foketi, 23. Tom Wright.
15. Liam Williams, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Nick Tompkins, 12. Willis Halaholo, 11. Josh Adams; 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Tomos Williams, 8. Aaron Wainwright, 7. Taine Basham, 6. Ellis Jenkins (c), 5. Seb Davies, 4. Adam Beard, 3. Tomas Francis, 2. Ryan Elias, 1. Wyn Jones
16. Elliot Dee, 17. Gareth Thomas, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Ben Carter, 20. Christ Tshiunza, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Johnny McNicholl