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Gatland says Wales strength could be key

9th November 2018, 00:34 by Michael Holland

Warren Gatland says the strength in depth on the bench could be crucial as Wales attempt to beat Australia this weekend.

Wales have not beaten the Wallabies since 2008 but will be hoping to put that right when the two sides go head-to-head in the Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Gatland has made three changes to his side, with Josh Adams, Tomas Francis and Adam Beard all set to start, but there is almost 180 caps of experience on the bench.

British and Irish Lions backs Dan Biggar and Liam Williams, plus forwards Cory Hill and Ellis Jenkins, are among the replacements, and Gatland believes that could be crucial.

"It is definitely one of the strongest benches we have had for a long time, for the impact that can come off there," he said.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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