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Wales hope powerful bench can help end win drought against Australia

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Wales will hope that powerful bench strength can play its part in the quest for a rare win against Australia on Saturday.

Head coach Warren Gatland has almost 180 caps of experience among his replacements for the Principality Stadium encounter.

The group includes British and Irish Lions backs Dan Biggar and Liam Williams, plus two forwards - Cory Hill and Ellis Jenkins - who captained Wales on tour against South Africa and Argentina this summer.

It is definitely one of the strongest benches we have had for a long time, for the impact that can come off there. If you look at the three players in the backs - Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar and Liam Williams - there is some experience there, a couple of Lions there.

There was definitely talk about the impact and importance of the bench in this game.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

Wales' run of 13 successive defeats against Australia has included six losses by five points or less, while the Wallabies replacements have often had a big say in the final outcome.

The latest meeting is a final game between the countries before they clash in the World Cup next September.