Australia set up end-of-year challenge

Date published: June 6 2013

Australia will look to emulate the class of 1984 after the addition of a Test in Wales confirmed 2013's tour as a possible Grand Slam event.

The Wallabies will attempt to emulate the class of 1984 after the addition of a Test against Wales confirmed 2013's tour as a possible Grand Slam event.

Australian Rugby Union's announcement, which will see Australia tackle Wales at the Millennium Stadium on November 30 sets up the possibility of a sweep of the four Home Nations, while also extending the close relationship between Australia and Wales of recent seasons.

The Alan Jones-coached and Andrew Slack-led Wallabies of 1984 are the only side among the eight Australians outfits that have attempted a Grand Slam, to have achieved the feat.

This year's Test closes a tour which starts in London against England on November 2 and then runs through Tests against Italy, Ireland and Scotland on the following weekends.

It will be the Wallabies' ninth visit to the Welsh capital in as many years and will allow the team to attempt to equal the record for the most successive wins over Wales by an Australian team.

The Wallabies have won eight Tests in a row against the current Six Nations champions since 2009, which has pushed the team to within one win of the nine consecutive wins that were achieved between 1991 and 2003.

Injured flanker David Pocock, who will miss the tour, centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and prop Ben Alexander are the only players to have featured in all eight matches.

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