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Edwards ready for Australia test


Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards has vowed that Wales will "have a crack" at Australia in next Saturday's autumn Test series opener at the Millennium Stadium.

Australia return to the Welsh capital 12 months after a 33-12 triumph which remains Wales' heaviest home defeat of coach Warren Gatland's 29-Test reign. The home side could be up against it once more, especially after centre Jonathan Davies (ankle) joined Lee Byrne (hand), Leigh Halfpenny (ankle) and Ryan Jones (calf) in being sidelined.

"Obviously, they are a very formidable outfit at the moment," said defence coach Edwards.

"The last two Test matches we've had against them, we've won one and they were very dominant in the last one, which still hurts.

"It is something that (Wales captain) Matthew Rees spoke about this week. We are still hurting from that defeat, and we hope to give a lot better account of ourselves.

"I thought in the Tri Nations this year, they (Australia) were the team playing the most rugby.

"The All Blacks were victorious throughout the Tri Nations in every game, but the way Australia tried to play was great for the development of rugby and for people who like to watch running rugby.

"They are coached by one of the best coaches (Robbie Deans) of all-time, and they are an incredibly difficult team to defend against.

"But we are up for the challenge. We are very determined to redress what happened last time against them and to repeat what happened the time before."