CARDIFF: As competitive as Dave Dennis is, the versatile Wallabies loose forward might be praying for the return of injured teammate Kane Douglas if it will save him from defending a lineout against giant second-rower Luke Charteris.
The towering Welshman, referred to by Dennis as ''the biggest man I've seen'', has hands the size of frisbees and a mean right hook, which he revealed for Top 14 club Perpignan in his first season in France this year.
At 2.06 metres, Charteris could be the tallest second-rower in the world behind Springboks second-rower Andries Bekker (2.08 metres).
Australians have not seen too much of him over the years because many of the 29-year-old's Test caps have come off the bench in back-up to the established Welsh second row duo Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones.
But an injury to Wyn Jones against Samoa two weeks ago and Davies's concussion from the fist of All Blacks' Andrew Hore last weekend have thrust Charteris into the limelight.
''Every game [against Australia] has been pretty close and a game we've been in … we know we're capable of beating them, it's just making sure we have that mindset and making sure we nail those little moments which have been costing us in previous games,'' he said.
''For two teams who are so evenly matched it's a compliment to them that they've won those games and they're very clinical when it comes to those scoring opportunities and a bit of naivety from our part in not learning the lessons quick enough.''
There is extra motivation for the Welsh against Australia, as if six Test losses in a row this year were not enough. If they lose to the Wallabies, Wales slips out of the top eight in the IRB world rankings and into the third tier of teams for the 2015 World Cup draw, which takes place next week.
''The boys want to put an end to [the losses], just for our peace of mind … when you look at results we haven't come up to where we need to be,'' Charteris said.
''This game takes on extra significance with the World Cup draw coming off it so, like with any test match, you go out with the goal to win, but in the back of your mind there's extra things riding on it.''
The game will pit Charteris against veteran Wallabies second-rower Nathan Sharpe, who retires this weekend.
''Is it his last time this time? He's done it a few times and keeps coming back. I don't know how he does it to be honest with you, I'd have retired years ago,'' the Welshman joked.
''I've been lucky enough to play against him a few times and every time it's always an excellent game. He really is one of the standout second-rowers in world rugby in the last 10 to 15 years. If this is his last game, he's certainly earned his rest.''