Wales simply must win to lift Australia's psychological hold

Adam Ashley Cooper is back in the Wallabies squad for the first time in two years

Adam Ashley Cooper is back in the Wallabies squad for the first time in two years

"Teams used to be comfortable putting out second string sides against Wales, they don't do that anymore, they come fully loaded and Australia are fully loaded for Saturday".

"We have massive respect for Wales and you have seen the run they are on and where they are in the world rankings", Cheika said in reference to the Welsh team rising to third in the world on the back of a six-match winning streak.

"In the game of rugby it's hard to pull that back now given the skill level and the pace of the match".

"They're [the Wallabies] a very good squad and a very skilled squad".

"We have got no excuse with the people we've got off the bench".

"We are reasonably happy with the way our attacking lineout was".

"This is a great opportunity to test ourselves against the Welsh". "They played very well against Scotland".

When players such as Ellis Jenkins, who skippered Wales to victory against South Africa earlier this year, young Dragons prospect Aaron Wainwright, plus Thomas Young and Ollie Griffiths - the latter pair did not make coach Warren Gatland's autumn Test squad - are added, the cupboard will be close to bursting point.

"That first cap is always special and you always remember those times but it is about the opposition you are up against", Beale said. We've lost by many a fine margin and, I'll be honest, we won by a fine margin as well.

"There is a lot of scope there as an outside back or a playmaker to try and pick them off". I think he's probably been brought in just to be around the guys.

Veteran centre Adam Ashley-Cooper misses out with Matt Toomua preferred on the bench to the 34-year-old.

"It's definitely a long-term goal of mine to play in that World Cup".

Grey also said it was great having Adam Ashley-Cooper back around the Wallabies setup after a two-year break from the worldwide scene.

"There's been chats with a few teams. but I didn't expect to come on the tour so those discussions are on hold", Ashley-Cooper said.

"The good thing about last week was that we were under a lot of pressure at times and we showed composure when we needed to, so hopefully that transfers to this weekend".

"The way the game is played these days, the breakdown is a big part of it. Attacks are trying to get quick ball into risky attacking players' hands, and defences are looking to either turn it over or slow it down".

Cheika and his assistants have been backed by the Rugby Australia board to carry on through to the end of next year's World Cup, however the faith of fans has been steadily dissipating and further losses on tour will heighten the angst.