Rugby U


Evening all. Scotland and England have got the northern hemisphere off to a perfect start. Next up, Wales, who face Australia in quarter of an hour's time. Watch the full match replay below!

Warren Gatland's back as head coach for the Welsh after his stint as lions coach, and has picked a team with a number of new faces as he looks to the 2019 World Cup. The full team follows...

15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Liam Williams, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Owen Williams, 11-Steff Evans, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Gareth Davies; 1-Rob Evans, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Tomas Francis, 4-Jake Ball, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6-Aaron Shingler, 7-Josh Navidi, 8-Taulupe Faletau. Replacements: 16-Kristian Dacey, 17-Nicky Smith, 18-Leon Brown, 19-Cory Hill, 20-Sam Cross, 21-Aled Davies, 22-Owen Watkin, 23-Hallam Amos

Aussie head coach Michael Cheika has made three changes to the team that beat Japan. Here's how the wallabies will line up...

15-Kurtley Beale, 14-Marika Koroibete, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 12-Samu Kerevi, 11-Reece Hodge, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia; 1-Scott Sio, 2-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3-Sekope Kepu, 4-Rob Simmons, 5-Adam Coleman, 6-Ned Hanigan, 7-Michael Hooper (c), 8-Sean McMahon. 16-Stephen Moore, 17-Tom Robertson, 18-Allan Alaalatoa, 19-Matt Philip, 20-Ben McCalman, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Karmichael Hunt, 23-Henry Speight

Australia have been a little wobbly since the world cup two years ago, but can boast of a recent win over the all blacks, and have scored over 40 tries in their last 10 matches, so it's not been all bad.

Australia haven't lost to Wales since 2008, despite a number of incredibly tight matches since then. Wales have beaten Australia just twice in their last 27 meetings. The last meeting between the two was a chastening 32-8 win for the Aussies.

Australia, in fact, are one of only two teams to beat Wales in their last 12 home matches (the other being England). Wales, despite a disappointing six nations, have won seven of their last ten matches, but haven't won their opening Autumn match since beating Romania in 2002...

Australia are coming off their biggest win for two years, against Japan last week, and are looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.

My money's on Australia for this one, although as a Wales fan I'd love to be proved wrong. What're your score predictions?