Wales captain Sam Warburton urged his men to bring an end to their southern hoodoo when they face Australia at the Millennium Stadium.
Wales captain Sam Warburton has urged his side to bring an end to their southern hoodoo when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium.
Saturday’s game sees the Welsh looking to pick up a first win over the Wallabies since 2008, with Warburton stressing the importance of a victory.
“You are not unlucky nine times in a row,” he said.
“Australia have obviously been that smidge better than we have been over those nine fixtures.
“It’s not a psychological barrier. The first time I came into the squad was on the back of beating them in 2008, so you always have the belief when playing these teams.
“It is a massive opportunity for the squad and it is coming to the time, which we have said year after year, with the World Cup on the horizon and the senior players in the group, that we really do have to get a win over one of these teams if we are to be considered one of the best in the world.
“That’s why I respect the England team of 2003. When they had their autumn series they turned over all three of them (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) and sent a real message to world rugby. That’s what we have got to aspire to.”
Meanwhile, loosehead prop Paul James has revealed that training has been intense as the Welsh look to leave no stone unturned in their preparations ahead of their opening game.
“It has probably been the toughest Welsh camp we have been in,” he said.
“They pushed us hard last week, and we were in the cryotherapy chamber (for recovery) three times a day.
“During our training camps in Poland we would usually do (cryotherapy) three times a day, but in normal camps it would only be once or twice.
“We have been getting up at 6.30am in the morning – there was not much chat in those sessions. They have been long days. Sometimes you could be doing your last session at 6pm.
“I have just been lying in my bed in the evening like a zombie! (The coaching staff) have pushed us to the limit, and hopefully that will stand us in good stead against Australia and starting the autumn well.”