Rugby / Wales makes adjustments for test against Australia
Wales recalls experienced prop Gethin Jenkins in one of four changes to its pack.
Wales has recalled experienced prop Gethin Jenkins in one of four changes to its pack for tomorrow's test against Australia in Cardiff.
Jenkins, who has 93 international caps, replaces Paul James, who has been made unavailable by his club Bath. Meanwhile, Scott Andrews comes in for prop Aaron Jarvis, who was injured in last week's 33-10 defeat by New Zealand.
Ian Evans was named at lock for Bradley Davies, who has a concussion, and flanker Aaron Shingler was preferred to Ryan Jones.
"We need to pick up again where we left off in the second half last week," Wales coach Warren Gatland said in a statement by the Welsh Rugby Football Union yesterday. "We managed to retain 73 percent possession after the break against the All Blacks and win the territory battle, and we need to put Australia under similar pressure from the outset."
Wales has suffered a disappointing run of results, losing to Argentina, Samoa and the All Blacks in the last three weeks.
The Welsh, World Cup semifinalists last year before securing the Six Nations grand slam in 2012, have lost six matches in a row but will stay in the world's top eight if they beat the Wallabies or hold them to a draw in Cardiff.
Lose, however, and the seventh-ranked Welsh will be leapfrogged by Samoa and Argentina and consigned to the third band with Italy, Tonga and Scotland, leaving them a huge task at the World Cup.