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What is it?

The first of four fixtures for Wales this autumn as they open their account against Australia, before matches facing Georgia, world champions New Zealand and finally South Africa.
When is it?

Tomorrow. Saturday, November 11.
What time is kick-off?

5:15pm GMT.

What TV channel is it on?

BBC Two from 4:45pm.
What is the team news?

Wales

Head coach Warren Gatland has opted for a change in approach in his midfield, adding Gloucester playmaker Owen Williams at inside centre instead of the more direct Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams. Wales vs Australia Free Watch Online

In-form Scarlets winger Steff Evans gets a well-deserved start on the left wing, while news faces in the back row include Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi.

Gatland has also selected two uncapped forwards on the bench in Dragons prop Leon Brown and back-row Sam Cross, now playing for the Ospreys after previously representing the Wales Sevens side.

The other new face among the replacements is promising centre Owen Watkin, who impressed recently in the Champions Cup for the Ospreys.

Wales: L Halfpenny (Scarlets); L Williams (Saracens), J Davies (Scarlets), O Williams (Gloucester), S Evans (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), T Faletau (Bath).

Replacements: K Dacey (Cardiff Blues), N Smith (Ospreys), L Brown (Dragons), C Hill (Dragons), S Cross (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets), O Watkin (Ospreys), H Amos (Dragons).

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Australia

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has opted for a powerful midfield in Cardiff, picking Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani at centre.

First-choice half-backs Will Genia and Bernard Foley both return having missed last week’s fixture against Japan, while Karmichael Hunt is named in the 22 shirt.

Michael Hooper captains the Wallabies at openside flanker, with former Wasps playmaker Kurtley Beale selected at full-back in place of the rested Israel Folau.

Ned Hanigan fills the blindside flanker berth left vacant by Jack Dempsey’s injury, with Dempsey having been one of Australia’s best forwards in 2017.

Australia: K Beale; M Koroibete, T Kuridrani, S Kerevi, R Hodge; B Foley (vc), W Genia (vc); S Sio, T Polota-Nau, S Kepu, R Simmons, A Coleman, N Hanigan, M Hooper (c), S McMahon

Replacements: S Moore, T Robertson, A Alaalatoa, M Philip, B McCalman, N Phipps, K Hunt, H Speight

 

What are they saying?

Wales head coach Warren Gatland:

“This team is a reward for some players. Aaron has proved himself over the last year and Josh has played everywhere across the back-row,” said Gatland.

“Owen has a pretty good record at centre. Everyone has talked about his attack, but what is going to win Saturday’s game is defence.

“Australia have a massive midfield and two direct wings so I don’t think they’re going to be too worried about throwing the ball around.

“I think they’re going to be pretty direct. We’re going to change the way we play a little bit. For us the result is important, we want to win every game.”

Australia head coach Michael Cheika:

“We’ve got good options, that’s one really good thing for us around how we can set up, because Karmichael can set up at full-back, can set up in the centre, Samu can go 12, 13, Hodge can play pretty much anywhere now, Beale’s got 12,15, 10 if we need him.

“We’ve got the ability to move and match. He’ll (Beale) still play in that playmaker’s role predominantly. A whole lot won’t change for him.

“There’ll be some changes around how we set up off set piece but once we get into the attack, he’ll play in the standard playmaking role.”

What are the odds?

Wales to win 15/8

Draw 28/1

Australia to win 4/7