Wales have quite the international ahead of them. They host the Southern Hemisphere ‘big three’ in Cardiff over the coming month, as they bid to step up their preparations for the 2019 World Cup. The Welsh have underachieved against Southern Hemisphere opposition in recent years, but will be hopeful of claiming a few scalps in the coming weeks.
First up at the Principality Stadium this weekend is Australia. The Wallabies are fresh from their shock victory over the All Blacks last month, and will be eager to push on and finish the year on a high.
The Welsh camp are under no illusions that they’re up against it, and their defence coach Shaun Edwards believes that they’re facing an even more potent attacking threat than that of New Zealand in the first three phases.
“They have immense attacking weapons, they have the most potent attacking force in the first three phases in world rugby – even more than the All Blacks.
“There is a multitude of outstanding backs. Karmichael Hunt debuted for the Brisbane Broncos when he was 17 which is an incredible feat.
“Whoever they play at fullback will be a potent force, whether it be Kurtley Beale etc.
“Folau is Folau. He is an incredible player … I am sure they’ll have someone to take his place. But am I glad he’s not playing Saturday? Just a little.” Quotes via Stuff.co.nz.
Edwards’ theory will be put to the test over the coming month, as they face both the Wallabies and the All Blacks.