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We must bully Wallabies, says desperate Wales

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Andrew Baldock

Aaron Shingler of Wales.

Aaron Shingler of Wales. Photo: Reuters

CARDIFF: Forward Aaron Shingler says Wales must go out to bully the Wallabies on Saturday as the real possibility of suffering an autumn Test series whitewash is "almost unthinkable".

Shingler's words mirrored the sense of desperation for Rugby World Cup semi-finalists and Six Nations champions Wales as they go into their final Test of 2012 on a six-Test losing streak.

A fourth successive home defeat of the autumn campaign would see Wales drop out of the world's top eight-ranked teams and into tier three for next week's 2015 World Cup pool draw.

"Everything is on the line," said Shingler, who replaced the poleaxed Bradley Davies just three minutes into Wales' 33-10 defeat by New Zealand on Saturday.

"It's important we don't come away with four losses. It is a massive, massive week.

"We've got to be very accurate, very aggressive and look to bully them (Australia).

"A whitewash is almost unthinkable. We've trained well every week, our preparation has been good, it just hasn't gone as we would have liked on the field."

Wales have lost seven Tests in a row to Australia, but four of those reversals were by six points or less.

Injury worries that have stalked Wales since before the autumn internationals began when prop Adam Jones and flanker Dan Lydiate were sidelined by long-term problems and remain an issue.

Tighthead prop Aaron Jarvis injured his knee against New Zealand and left the Millennium Stadium on crutches, while centre Jamie Roberts suffered hip trouble and flanker Ryan Jones was concussed.

Another prop, Paul James, and Perpignan-based utility back James Hook are unavailable because the Australia game falls outside the International Rugby Board's autumn Test window and clubs are under no obligation to release players.

France-based trio Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins and Luke Charteris are all available, though, after an agreement was reached between the Wales management and their respective clubs.

Having lost to Argentina, Samoa and now New Zealand this month, which followed a 3-0 summer Test series defeat in Australia, Wales are experiencing their worst run of results since the 2002-03 season.

Wales hooker Matthew Rees said: "It's a massive game next week and we have got to win. At the end of the day, international rugby is all about winning."

PA

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