Gat dozen fear this Aussie side

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY ALEX BY­WA­TER

WAR­REN GAT­LAND cel­e­brated his 10-year an­niver­sary as Wales boss yes­ter­day.

And the Kiwi boss marked the mo­ment by nam­ing a new-look Dragons side to take on Aus­tralia to­mor­row.

Owen Willi­ams, St­ef­fan Evans, Josh Na­vidi and Aaron Shin­gler are fresh faces in Gat­land’s team as he looks to end a run of 12 straight de­feats against the Wal­la­bies.

“It has been ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing and we have had our ups and downs in that 10-year pe­riod,”

Gat­land said. “Now we’re go­ing to change the way we play a lit­tle bit.

“This team is a re­ward for some play­ers. Aaron has proved him­self over the last year and Owen has a pretty good record at cen­tre. For us the re­sult is al­ways im­por­tant, we want to win ev­ery game.”

Wales have not beaten Aus­tralia since 2008.

Willi­ams and fly-half Dan Big­gar are the play­mak­ers charged with chang­ing that record but Michael Cheika’s south­ern hemi­sphere giants are firm favourites.

Sam War­bur­ton, Rhys Webb and Justin Tipuric are ruled out by in­jury.

MILE­STONE Gatland on the train­ing pitch yes­ter­day

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