Wales team to play Australia in 3rd Test

Rob Howley has named an unchanged starting XV for Wales final Test against the Wallabies, with Ken Owens the only change to the bench replacing Richard Hibbard. Howley said:

“This Wales team was within around 30 seconds of beating the Wallabies on their home patch for the first time in 43 years, 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.”

15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Ashley Beck, 11. George North, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Mike Phillips; 1. Gethin Jenkins, 2. Matthew Rees, 3. Adam Jones, 4. Bradley Davies, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton (c), 8. Ryan Jones


16. Ken Owens, 17. Paul James, 18. Luke Charteris, 19. Justin Tipuric, 20. Rhys Webb, 21. James Hook, 22. Scott Williams

7 thoughts on “Wales team to play Australia in 3rd Test

  1. Lol – Priestland named at 10 again – rewarding poor play, no Ian Evans or Tuperic when Warburton is obviously struggling – whats going on Howley

  2. Didn’t someone once describe insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?

    Someone had better get the men in white coats for Mr Howley

  3. Priestland is being rewarded more for following the coaches game plan than anything else which seems to be kick the ball away as many times as possible and lets see what the Aussies can do with it .

    The coaching team can spin it of course by saying we were 30 secs away from a win with that game plan when in fact Wales were in front at the death despite the plan and not because of it.

    The frustrating thing is that this side should be capable of so much more than such a limited approach and with the series lost why not give it a go.
    Ian Evans’ new bride must be wondering why they sacrificed their honeymoon for him to be a proverbial spare part on tour too.

  4. hmmm, so if the same team loses again by less than a 7, what have we learnt by the whole tour? only that we can’t win because our XV weren’t good enough three times. nothing about the fringe players. I expected a few changes to be honest.

  5. Surely it’s only right that Priestland be given as many chances as Hook was given in the past? With Hook at the helm, Wales have won very little (admittedly he was involved in the 08 Grand Slam). With Priestland, a RWC semi-final and a Grand Slam in the last 12 months.

    If this were England and those were the 2 choices, I know which one I would have.

    In other respects, Warburton looks (unsurprisingly) tired. It would be impossible to keep that level without dropping off at some point. I also don’t think you can underestimate how much Jamie Roberts is missed.

    Stay positive. Another close one, but I think Wales can nick this week’s

    1. yeah a last second Halfpenny penalty from the Welsh half to nick it, probably have me throwing my bacon and eggs up in the air .

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