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Wales v Australia: Ospreys centre Joe Hawkins to make debut in opposition to Wallabies

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Wales v Australia: Ospreys centre Joe Hawkins to make debut in opposition to Wallabies

2022-11-24 12:30:30


New Wales cap Joe Hawkins will characteristic in an all-Ospreys midfield in opposition to Australia as he traces up with fly-half Gareth Anscombe and centre George North
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 26 November Kick-off:15:15 GMT
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Ospreys centre Joe Hawkins will make his Wales debut in opposition to Australia within the last Autumn Nations sequence match.

Hawkins, 20, replaces the injured Owen Watkin, whereas lock Alun Wyn Jones is recalled rather than Ben Carter.

Beneath-fire Wales coach Wayne Pivac has made six adjustments in all to the workforce that misplaced 13-12 to Georgia.

Leigh Halfpenny, Rio Dyer, Gareth Anscombe and Taulupe Faletau exchange Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams, Rhys Priestland and Josh Macleod.

England-based gamers Rees-Zammit, Nick Tompkins, Christ Tshiunza, Dafydd Jenkins and Tommy Reffell are unavailable as a result of the match is being performed exterior the worldwide window.

With Tompkins unavailable and Watkin and Johnny Williams injured, Hawkins, who has performed 21 video games for Ospreys together with six begins, turns into the fifth uncapped participant for use by Wales this autumn after Dyer, Sam Costelow, Macleod and Jenkins.

After graduating from the Wales Beneath-20s system, Hawkins will grow to be the thirty first debutant of Pivac’s three-year reign – which hit a brand new low final week with a primary loss to Georgia.

Hawkins, the son of former Aberavon centre Dai Hawkins, is one among 9 Ospreys within the beginning aspect.

“There’s been an harm to Owen which provides a possibility to younger Joe Hawkins,” mentioned Pivac.

“He is very excited. He is been in camp coaching for the final month and studying so much and he is seemed good in coaching so he will get a possibility.”

World-record cap holder Jones will play his 167th worldwide having not began for Wales because the Six Nations residence defeat to Italy in March.

The 37-year-old was used as a substitute within the three Checks in South Africa and the opening autumn residence defeat in opposition to New Zealand, however was omitted of the squads for Argentina and Georgia.

Alun Wyn Jones won his 154th Wales cap in the opening autumn international against New Zealand
Alun Wyn Jones received his 154th Wales cap within the opening autumn worldwide in opposition to New Zealand and has additionally performed 12 Checks for the British and Irish Lions

Full-back Halfpenny returns for his first worldwide begin since July 2021 after approaching as a substitute in opposition to Georgia.

Wing Dyer and fly-half Anscombe are most popular to Adams and Priestland, who each drop to the bench.

Pivac has opted for expertise with Jones, Faletau, Halfpenny, centre George North, hooker Ken Owens and captain Justin Tipuric all aged over 30 and having 626 Wales caps between them, 200 greater than the mixed Australia beginning aspect.

Ospreys prop Tomas Francis is recalled to the bench after lacking the Argentina victory and Georgia defeat.

“Some gamers have come again that weren’t concerned final week,” Pivac mentioned.

“Actually it is a aspect we have chosen to get a consequence which we’re desperately searching for.

“They’ve gelled properly at first of the week and we stay up for seeing how we go.”

Faletau returns to start out at quantity eight the place he’ll play in his a hundredth worldwide, along with his ninety fifth Wales look supplemented by 5 British and Irish Lions caps.

“Toby (Faletau) is a world-class participant and it is testomony to his onerous work and dedication that he is making his a hundredth Take a look at look this weekend,” added Pivac.

“I do know it will likely be a proud day for him and his household.”

Pivac underneath strain

Pivac’s place is underneath scrutiny after defeats to Georgia and Italy at residence in the identical calendar yr.

“The entire squad is extraordinarily disenchanted with final week’s efficiency,” mentioned Pivac.

“It isn’t the consequence that anyone needed. It isn’t the consequence that anybody anticipated. We have gone by means of a evaluate course of.

“We all know what went fallacious and what’s required to get the consequence this weekend.”

Wales have received three out of 11 internationals in 2022, whereas Australia’s document is 4 victories in 13 matches.

Australia have been decimated by accidents and are enjoying a fifth worldwide in 5 weeks, with Wales searching for a document fourth successive victory in opposition to the Wallabies.

“Clearly this might be a step up,” added Pivac.

“We’re enjoying an Australian aspect that may have numerous adjustments for most likely related causes to ourselves during the last month or so with accidents, however what we do find out about Australia is that they seem to be a harmful aspect no matter workforce they put out.

“We have seen that with the shut video games on this autumn sequence. So we’re anticipating a really powerful battle.”

Wales: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, North, Hawkins, Dyer; Anscombe, T Williams, G Thomas, Owens, D Lewis, Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Morgan, Tipuric (capt), Faletau.

Replacements: Elias, R Jones, Francis, Carter, Macleod, Hardy, Priestland, Adams.

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