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Wales looked to Blues for inspiration

Wales channelled the spirit of NSW's victorious State of Origin side in an effort to topple the Wallabies in Melbourne at the weekend, Welsh assistant coach Shaun Edwards has revealed.

They went agonisingly close too, losing by a penalty goal after the fulltime siren sounded. Today Edwards, a former rugby league player who is defence coach for Wales, said he had asked the side to play like the Blues after watching the second Origin game with some of the squad last week.

"[NSW] were in a very similar situation to us, they were one-nil down in the series in a competition they had no recent history of being hugely successful in and I just wanted the [Wales] boys to come out with that same sort of determination and intensity, skill-factor, desire level, that the Blues did and I think I got that response," Edwards said after the team arrived in Sydney.

"I thought it was a really, really good attitude, I couldn't have faulted the boys one iota."

Since losing the second Test to the Wallabies 25-23, Wales has been casting the net wide for inspiration and tuition ahead of the final match at Allianz Stadium this weekend.

A few of the coaches and players observed a Sydney Swans training session this morning in the hope of improving their technique under the high ball.

"The aerial side of the game in rugby is a huge part of the game nowadays and, I'll tell you straight, the hardest thing to defend is a lost aerial battle," Edwards said.

"When people say turnovers are the hardest things to defend it's not, the hardest thing to defend is if the opposition put an up-and-under up or a box kick and they win it, that is the hardest thing to defend. So anything you can pick up from experts in that area which, clearly, teams like the Swans are ... we're more than willing to do that."

Edwards, a former rugby league international, played for English sides Wigan, London and Bradford as well as a season in Sydney with the then-Balmain Tigers.

He coached rugby union after retiring, taking over as head coach at the London Wasps after Warren Gatland's departure and overseeing two Heineken Cup victories in 2004 and 2007.

He followed Gatland to Wales, becoming his assistant in 2008.

"During my time in Wales I don't really speak about rugby league a great deal because rugby union's a totally different game and most people know I played rugby league ... but we did use the Blues's performance as a bit of a motivating factor," Edwards said.

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
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FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
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RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
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Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
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ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
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FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
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IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
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Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
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