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Wales coach War­ren Gat­land be­lieves his side’s con­fi­dence will re­ceive a huge boost if it could end a run of 13 straight de­feats to Aus­tralia in Cardiff to­mor­row.

It has been 10 years since the Welsh last beat the Wal­la­bies, but, de­spite that dis­mal record, lo­cal book­mak­ers have the hosts as slight favourites to beat Michael Cheika’s side.

Six straight wins have cat­a­pulted the Welsh to third in the world rank­ings — three spots above the Wal­la­bies — and Gat­land said his play­ers were des­per­ate to end that un­wanted record be­fore the sides meet again in Tokyo at next year’s World Cup.

‘‘We should have beaten Aus­tralia on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions over the re­cent years and haven’t man­aged to do it and we want to put that ledger right,’’ he said.

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