Rugby Union


Wales starting line-up unchanged for Wallabies Test

Wales will field an unchanged starting team to pursue a keenly-sought consolation victory in the third rugby union Test against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

The only change to the squad named on Thursday was on the bench, where hooker Ken Owens came in for Richard Hibbard.

With the Wallabies having already clinched the series after wins in Brisbane and Melbourne, Six Nations champions Wales still have plenty of pride at stake at Allianz Stadium.

The last-gasp 25-23 second Test loss was the sixth straight loss Wales has suffered against the Wallabies and their 10th in a row on Australian soil.

"We know what we have to do to beat Australia, but there is a difference between knowing how to win and achieving that aim," said Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley.

"This Wales team was within around 30 seconds of beating the Wallabies on their home patch for the first time in 43 years (in the second Test in Melbourne).


"The challenge now is to go one better than that and make sure we are ahead on the scoreboard, not just when the hooter goes, but when the game finishes this weekend.

"The players can take some credit for the way they played for the large part of the match on Saturday, but that will be scant consolation if we don't come home with a win in this series.

"We have risen to our highest position (fourth) in the IRB World rankings because of our performances so far this season, which can have positive repercussions for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"But now we want to stay there and that means coming away with the spoils on Saturday afternoon."

Wales team: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Ashley Beck, George North, Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips, Ryan Jones, Sam Warburton (capt), Dan Lydiate, Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins. Res: Ken Owens, Paul James, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, James Hook, Scott Williams.