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Captain Stephen Moore prepares Australia for tough Wales test

Published 04/11/2016

Australia captain Stephen Moore is relishing another Cardiff clash against Wales
Australia captain Stephen Moore is relishing another Cardiff clash against Wales

Captain Stephen Moore has briefed Australia's Principality Stadium rookies about the "special experience" that awaits them in Cardiff.

While the Wallabies hooker is no stranger to away Tests against Wales, a number of his squad have not previously tasted the big-match Cardiff atmosphere.

And Moore, whose players are chasing a 12th successive victory over Wales since 2008, revealed the matter has been addressed.

"We've talked about that," he said. "It is a very loud stadium, it's a very unique venue to play at.

"I know the roof will be open tomorrow, but there are a number of players who haven't played here, so you do need to address that and make sure that the players who have been here before can share what it's like and that experience.

"It is a special experience, it is very unique and it is very loud."

Australia finished as distant runners-up to New Zealand in the recently-completed Rugby Championship, which followed a 3-0 Test series whitewash at the hands of Eddie Jones' resurgent England.

But they now have a chance to finish 2016 on a high, with Wales presenting the first hurdle of a tour that also features appointments with Scotland, Ireland and England.

"We are pretty excited to get going," Moore added. "It's a long tour, and we look forward to this first game.

"I think we have been building. There are a lot of new players who have come into the team over the year.

"In training, you can only see so much, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to play tomorrow, and it is really important we start the tour well.

"It is a big Test match. It is something we have been working towards. In terms of the record (against Wales), I think that's not something we have spoken about.

"Every game is just as important as the last one, and if you look back at what has happened in the past, you will trip yourself up a bit.

"There are a large number of players in this team who probably haven't played against Wales before at all, so they've got no history.

"I think Wales have picked a strong, experienced team. They will know what is required. They will be dangerous, as always."

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