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Wales name James Botham and Cameron Winnett for second Australia Test in Melbourne | Rugby Union News

“We expect Australia to go to the next level this weekend and we know we need to,” says Warren Gatland as he picks his team for the final Test match in Melbourne. Watch Australia vs Wales live Sky Sports Saturday at 10.30


6:46, UK, Thursday 11 July 2024

Wales have been forced to make four changes, two of them positional, for their second Test match against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday. Sky sports.

Wales are aiming to bounce back after losing 25-16 to Australia in the first match of the series last weekend.

Two of the changes are in the back row, with Taine Plumtree moving to No. 8, while Aaron Wainwright is out for the rest of the tour with a hamstring injury.

James Botham is in the starting 11 as a blindside winger.

Cameron Winnett will also play at right back, while Liam Williams will move to the wing in place of Josh Hathaway, who is out with an elbow injury.

Mackenzie Martin sits on the bench in place of Botham.

Tom Wright ran the ball back from his own half, passed the Welsh defence and dove towards goal untouched.

Manager Warren Gatland says he expects a tougher test from the home side after they were knocked out in the opening Test match in Sydney.

“By reviewing our processes, we improved what was working well and clarified areas for improvement,” he said.

Australia’s Taniela Tupou scored the first point of the match against Wales from close range.

“We expect Australia to step up this weekend and we know we need to do that too.

“We want to start well and make sure we’re disciplined and accurate from the start. Then it’s about keeping the arm wrestling going throughout.”

Wales will attempt to make a comeback after losing the opening Test in the second and final match of their tour, which will be broadcast live at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Sky Sports Saturday morning.

Filipo Daugunu scores the goal that gives Australia the lead.

Wales: 15 Tom Wright, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Jake Gordon, 1 James Slipper (c), 2 Matt Faessler, 3 Taniela Tupou, 4 Jeremy Williams, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 6 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 8 Charlie Cale

Backups: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Isaac Kailea, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Langi Gleeson, 21 Nic White, 22 Ben Donaldson, 23 Dylan Pietsch.

Wales to face Australia live in final Test match of series on Saturday Sky Sports Action From 10.30 (starting at 10.45) – England – New Zealand match will be broadcast live on the same channel. Watch rugby’s summer internationals and more with a NOW Sports Month Membership in 2024. No contracts, cancel anytime.