Wales vs Australia LIVE rugby: Final score and result as Wallabies produce thrilling fightback to win

Wales take on Australia this afternoon looking to salvage some pride from their autumn international campaign after a shock loss to Georgia last week, although their opponents have also been struggling.

The autumn internationals have left Wayne Pivac and his Wallabies counterpart Dave Rennie under severe pressure with less than a year to go until the World Cup in France.

Pivac was sitting pretty after guiding his side to Six Nations glory in 2021, but a horrid streak of eight losses from 11 Tests this year leaves him in a tough spot.

Rennie is hoping to avoid a 10th loss from just 14 games in 2022, but dig a little deeper and Australia haven’t disgraced themselves this autumn, with victory over Scotland, single-point losses to France and Italy and then running the No 1 side in the world Ireland very close last weekend.

Relive all the action from Cardiff with our live blog below:

Wales vs Australia latest updates

  • FULL-TIME! Wales 34-39 Australia

  • Wales blow a huge lead to lose to Australia in their final autumn international of the year in Cardiff

  • 79’ - TRY! Lonergan over in the corner to complete incredible comeback (WAL 34-39 AUS)

  • 73’ - TRY! Australia awarded a penalty try to get back within two points (WAL 34-32 AUS)

  • 68’ - TRY! Nawaqanitawse gets second tyr to give Wallabies life (WAL 34-25 AUS)

  • 58’ - TRY! Nawaqanitawse dives over to narrow deficit (WAL 34-18 AUS)

  • 52’ - TRY! Dyer crosses to extend the lead (WAL 34-13 AUS)

  • 47’ - TRY! Morgan rumbles over for second try with Australia down to 13 men (WAL 27-13 AUS)

  • 34’ - TRY! Fainga’a mauled across the line as Wallabies hit back (WAL 20-13 AUS)

  • 22’ - TRY! Faletau slides over in the corner (WAL 17-6 AUS)

  • 10’ - TRY! Morgan powers his way over after good work by AWJ (WAL 7-3 AUS)

Team News - South Africa

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With their England and France-based players unavailable due to this game taking place outside of the World Rugby stipulated Test window, South Africa are forced to make a number of changes. Evan Roos wins his third cap at number eight, while Eben Etzebeth partners Marvin Orie in the second row after missing out on the win over Italy.

Despite Manie Libbok’s impressive showing in Genoa, Damian Willemse remains at fly-half, while Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel are reunited in midfield. The bench is intriguing, too, with plenty of breakdown threat held in reserve, including two flankers in Marco van Staden and Kwagga Smith.

South Africa XV: O Nche, B Mbonambi, F Malherbe; E Etzebeth, M Orie; S Kolisi (capt.), F Mostert, E Roos; F de Klerk, D Willemse; M Mapimpi, D de Allende, J Kriel, K-L Arendse; W le Roux.

Replacements: M Marx, S Kitshoff, T du Toit, M van Staden, K Smith; J Hendrikse, M Libbok, C Moodie.

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Team News - England

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It’s a “horses for courses” England selection, according to Eddie Jones, with an emphasis on extra brawn and bounce in the forwards. The head coach believes a third specialist lineout jumper is essential to combat the Springboks, which opens an opportunity for Alex Coles on the blindside, while Mako Vunipola and Jamie George are in from the start with Jones feeling that the punch that Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie could offer later in the game may be valuable against South Africa’s so-called “Bomb Squad”.

Tommy Freeman makes his first appearance of the autumn on the wing after a promising tour of Australia in the summer, while Manu Tuilagi finally hits 50 caps - 134 England games and more than 11 years after the centre made his international debut.

England XV: M Vunipola, J George, K Sinckler; M Itoje, J Hill; A Coles, T Curry, B Vunipola; J van Poortvliet, M Smith; J May, O Farrell, M Tuilagi, T Freeman; F Steward.

Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie, E Genge, W Stuart, D Ribbans, S Simmonds; B Youngs, H Slade, J Nowell

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On to England vs South Africa...

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We’ll have the full post-mortem on another horrible defeat for Wales over the next few days, but for now we must switch our attentions to Twickenham, where both sets of players have just disappeared down the tunnel and are preparing for kick off...

F/T! Wales 34-39 Australia

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The Welsh players look to the heavens, wondering quite how they managed to throw that away. It was so much better from Wayne Pivac’s side, but a horrific final quarter collapse condemns them to another demoralising home defeat. Will Pivac survive to go again in the Six Nations?

As for Australia, what fight they showed at the end. Given the injuries they had to contend with ahead of this game, and the predicament they found themselves in on 60 minutes, that’s a quite brilliant win.


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Wales 34-39 Australia, 81 minutes

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Wales play off the top into midfield. One by one their forwards are launched into the Wallabies’ wall, the gold bricks remaining firm in their structure.

Australia have the ball! Away it is punted into the crowd and they’ve snatched a remarkable victory!

Wales 34-39 Australia, 80 minutes

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Penalty to Wales! Matthew Carley is the friendly bartender at the last chance saloon, penalising an Australian supporting player for going off their feet as they try to clearout a ruck.

Wales kick down into the Australian 22. This will be the final play.

TRY! Wales 34-37 AUSTRALIA (Lachlan Lonergan try, 79 minutes)

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What an extraordinary turnaround!

Nawaqanitawase started a merry dance up the left, Fraser McReight and Tate McDermott swapping in and providing perfect support. McDermott was cut in half from behind by Josh Macleod but hung on, ensuring the ball is quick.

To the right, and Kieran Hardy can’t quite gather as he tries to intercept. The ball spills free, bouncing up for Lachlan Lonergan, who scampers in to put Australia into an improbable lead.

Noah Lolesio converts with just a minute for his side to see out for the win.

Wales 34-32 Australia, 78 minutes

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This time Nawaqanitawase cuts into space! Through pour his Australian teammates with Wales in real strife...

Wales 34-32 Australia, 77 minutes

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There must surely be spaces for Australia against 13 men - can the Wallabies find them? They search in the wider confines, but bodies are across to Mark Nawaqanitawase before he can make much metreage up the left.

Kicked away! Good defence from Wales to force Australia to play territory with no obvious attacking options apparent.

Wales 34-32 Australia, 75 minutes

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...But it matters not as Wales are penalised!

Wales 34-32 Australia, 74 minutes

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An error from Australia at the restart! There is little pressure on Tom Wright as he settles beneath it, but through his arms it tumbles.

Knock on. Wales take off Alex Cuthbert and bring Ken Owens back on to ensure they have a qualified hooker on...

PENALTY TRY! Wales 34-32 AUSTRALIA (73 minutes)

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Penalty try! Ryan Elias is deemed to have caused the collapse of the Australian maul and Matthew Carley trots beneath the posts after a consultation with the TMO.

It’s all falling apart for Wales. Elias will spend the remainder of this contest in the sin bin, with Justin Tipuric still more than three minutes away from a return. Australia now trail by only two.

TMO check! Wales 34-25 Australia, 73 minutes

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Down comes the maul in a heap in-goal - where is the ball? Matthew Carley peers in between the tangled limbs - he can’t quite spot it. Can the TMO?

Wales 34-25 Australia, 72 minutes

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Australia draw a penalty as they sustain an effort inside the Welsh 22. Take the points and make it a single score game?

Nope, to the corner!

Wales 34-25 Australia, 71 minutes

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This could be a grand finish. Australia, with a man advantage, are encouraged to play, keeping the ball alive even with Wales up quickly in their faces. Space opens on the blindside and Fraser McReight wisely finds it, waiting for Tate McDermott to join him in support after the scrum half had passed to the flanker.

McDermott kicks on with Mark Nawaqanitawase chasing hard. Joe Hawkins covers superbly but can’t get any kind of purchase on his clearance, knocking on as he tries to regather.

TRY! Wales 34-25 AUSTRALIA (Mark Nawaqanitawse try, 68 minutes)

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There’s life in this contest yet!

Shrewd thinking from the Wallabies, attacking the space at the back of the Welsh defensive lineout that Justin Tipuric might usually occupy.

Lachlan Lonergan hits his jumper and then takes a pass, peeling around and forcing Jac Morgan to step up and in to hit him. Lonergan’s blind inside ball hits an onrushing Mark Nawaqanitawase, angling off the blindside wing with his huge thighs pumping and charging up through an open gorge in the Welsh defence.

Alex Cuthbert and Rhys Priestland can’t deny the wing; over goes the conversion to move Australia even nearer.

YELLOW CARD! Justin Tipuric is sent to the sin bin! Wales 34-18 Australia, 67 minutes

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Hang on - Samu’s stumble was caused by a surreptitious trip from Justin Tipuric. That’s a good spot from the TMO - Matthew Carley sends the Wales captain from the field as he produces a yellow card.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 66 minutes

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Australia launch a long clearance up field.

Intercepted! A smart intervention from Pete Samu, shooting out of the line to snare the pass as Wales look to attack near halfway.

Samu can’t quite keep his feet, stumbling as he takes it and then eventually hitting the deck. Australia then opt to kick the ball away with support to the wide outside on the right lacking.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 65 minutes

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The Welsh forwards traipse up to the five-metre line in the right corner.

This time, they can’t capitalise, their close-in attack quickly disjointed and the ball soon knocked on.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 64 minutes

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Wales get a nudge on and win yet another penalty at the scrum.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 62 minutes

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Vital tackle from Tate McDermott! Ned Hanigan’s pass is in front of his Australian teammate, and bounces invitingly for Rio Dyer. The runway seemingly clears for Dyer, who readies himself for take off, but McDermott manages to dive low and grab the landing gear to prevent Dyer racing away. Australia then knock on contesting at the ruck.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 61 minutes

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That’s slightly loose from Josh Adams, skewing a punt off the outside of his right boot and sending it tumbling down some five yards over the touchline. Australian possession inside the Welsh half.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 60 minutes

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Australia just about clear Wales’ front jumper to connect at the lineout, allowing McDermott a second chance at a clearance. The replacement scrum half produces a rather better effort.

Wales look to attack blind, but Kieran Hardy spills an offload just as the tramline starts to look vacant.

Wales 34-18 Australia, 59 minutes

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Dillon Lewis departs after a strong afternoon of scrummaging work; Tomas Francis makes his return on the Welsh tighthead.

Australia take the restart well enough.

Charge down! Adam Beard lifts his long limbs high to block Tate McDermott’s box kick, but can’t quite gather the loose ball on the hop, and Jac Morgan then trundles it into touch of his knee.

TRY! Wales 34-18 AUSTRALIA (Mark Nawaqanitawse try, 58 minutes)

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Hope for Australia!

With penalty advantage, the Wallabies play to the left. Noah Lolesio churns his feet, inviting the defence forward and then pulling back for Len Ikitau. Ikitau shifts onwards to Mark Nawaqanitawase, who fixes Alex Cuthbert with snaking hips, creating the sliver of space he needs to dive over in the corner.

Wales 34-13 Australia, 56 minutes

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And Priestland is swiftly to work, scampering back to collect an Australian toe ahead, and forced over his own line.

Wales 34-13 Australia, 55 minutes

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It appears both sides will be bringing on new fly-halves - Noah Lolesio is stripped and ready for Australia.

Gareth Anscombe sucks on some oxygen as he is helped from the field, arm in a makeshift sling. Another unfortunate injury for a player with such wretched luck.

Wales have two tens from which to pick on the bench - Rhys Priestland is on ahead of Sam Costelow.

Wales 34-13 Australia, 54 minutes

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After England’s comeback last week, I daren’t write Australia off here, but this is starting to get a little worrying for the Wallabies with all of the momentum with Wales since the resumption.

Oh dear, that doesn’t look good - Gareth Anscombe lets out an anguished cry and reaches for his right shoulder after missing a tackle on the right.

TRY! WALES 34-13 Australia (Rio Dyer try, 52 minutes)

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And over in the corner goes the young wing!

Very nicely taken by Wales. Gareth Thomas carries with good support, the prop’s presentation ensuring the ball is quick for Kieran Hardy. Gareth Anscombe takes his half-back partner’s pass and singes the eyebrows of the Australian wide defence with a fizzed miss ball - Rio Dyer collects and has the simple job of grounding in the corner.

Anscombe adds the extra two and Wales have begun to canter out of sight.

Wales 27-13 Australia, 51 minutes

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At last, Australia get their set-piece defence right, steeling themselves to deny the drive. Kieran Hardy pulls the ball out, but Rio Dyer is stood up on the line.

Wales stay patient. Back to Dyer!....

Wales 27-13 Australia, 50 minutes

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Wales maul some more; Australia are penalised again, drawing another word of warning about discipline from referee Carley.

Into the corner Wales kick.

Wales 27-13 Australia, 49 minutes

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Australia are back up to 14 with Jake Gordon at last permitted to return.

And Wales’ maul is really making a mark now. Adam Beard takes the kick off and immediately calls in the heavy artillery, Australia only able to halt the drive when it has advanced up past the half-way line. The Wallabies’ hauling down of the maul forces Matthew Carley to again penalise the Australians.

TRY! WALES 27-13 Australia (Jac Morgan try, 48 minutes)

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A rapid rumble and Jac Morgan has his second!

These may not be particularly optimistic times for Welsh sports fans but Morgan is having quite the fortnight. Justin Tipuric takes at the tail, the rest of the Welsh forwards sweeping in behind their captain with Morgan the buried beneficiary as the maul goes over.

Gareth Anscombe converts.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 46 minutes

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Wales maul, marching forth with muscular menace. Australia are penalised; Gareth Anscombe tasks his forwards with producing more of the same from further up the left touchline.

Jake Gordon is almost ready to return, but is kept from the field with a 13-man Australian side readying themselves for the defensive set.

YELLOW CARD! Tom Robertson is sent to the sin bin! Wales 20-13 Australia, 45 minutes

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Another scrum penalty against Australia, and Matthew Carley is reaching for yellow again. James Slipper was warned before half time after a succession of infringements - Tom Robertson replaced the Australia captain at half time and is sent to the sin bin.

The Wallabies drop to 13 men for the next three minutes or so.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 44 minutes

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The next Australian possession ends when Allan Alaalatoa is caught off guard by a pass, the prop almost startled by the arrival of a pass that he thought was destined for the man inside him.

Missed penalty! Wales 20-13 Australi, 42 minutes

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Off the upright! A loud thud off the boot and then a great clang off the post as Hodge’s great hoist slams into the right-hand post and rebounds into Welsh hands.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 41 minutes

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The Wallabies’ scrum half Jake Gordon remains in the sin bin, so in steps a teammate to feed Reece Hodge and allow the centre to clear Australian lines.

Wales are then offside as they attempt to chase a high kick. This might be in Hodge’s range - he’s got plenty of leg, and he’ll have a go from 53 metres out...

The second half is underway!

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Wales get things restarted.

Back out there: Wales 20-13 Australia

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Jac Morgan turns his neck to the left and then the right, working out the kinks after that busy first half.

40 minutes of rugby left in 2022 for Wales and Australia.

H/T: Wales 20-13 Australia

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Might Wales rue that late miss at the end of the half, though? A 14-point half-time lead would have looked very imposing indeed.


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That was rather better than anticipated, all told. Both sides have been lively with ball-in-hand, with Wales particularly so. Alun Wyn Jones has produced two moments of real skill but Jac Morgan has really starred, full of vim and vigour and creating dents whenever he has carried.

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Wales 20-13 Australia, 42 minutes

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Held up! Much better at the set piece from Australia and the defence is stern thereafter. It’s all rather simple for them, to be fair, Taulupe Faletau passing early to Kieran Hardy, who is both stood up and held up by Tom Wright et al. as he tries to power over.

That’ll do us for the first half.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 42 minutes

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Held up! Much better at the set piece from Australia and the defence is stern thereafter. It’s all rather simple for them, to be fair, Taulupe Faletau passing early to Kieran Hardy, who is both stood up and held up by Tom Wright et al. as he tries to power over.

That’ll do us for the first half.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 41 minutes

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Peeeeeep, peep! Two whistles from Matthew Carley as Australia are pinged again. Just a chat for captain James Slipper - for now, at least...

Wales 20-13 Australia, 40 minutes

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The clock ticks into the red as Allan Alaalatoa is penalised for stepping out. Once more unto the breach for the Welsh forwards as they seek to finish the half with a score.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 39 minutes

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Twice the scrum goes down, with Matthew Carley first resetting and then impatiently blowing on his whistle - Australia pinged. Wales will have another go.

YELLOW CARD! Jake Gordon is sent to the sin bin! Wales 20-13 Australia, 38 minutes

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Jake Gordon protests as Matthew Carley reaches into his pocket to retrieve the yellow card. His knock on was in the tackle, as Gordon correctly puts forward as his defence, but the scrum half had never managed to get back onside as Kieran Hardy tried to shift the ball away from the ruck.

Off he’ll go for a stint on the naughty step - Wales opt to scrum.

Wales 20-13 Australia, 37 minutes

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Rio Dyer scorches up the left touchline. Is he over? No! Somehow denied by three desperate Australians.

Kieran Hardy has the ball knocked out of his hands by an offside player. It will be at least a penalty for Wales, and this will need a further look to decide on the correct sanction...

Wales 20-13 Australia, 36 minutes

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Wales have looked dangerous every time they’ve had the ball. There is plenty of fizz about their attack as they play again inside the Australia half.

TRY! Wales 20-13 AUSTRALIA (Folau Fainga’a try, 34 minutes)

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No evidence to overturn the decision - Folau Fainga’a’s score is good!

Just reward for the hooker, who had hit his man at the back of the lineout perfectly with Justin Tipuric up to challenge. It was slow to develop, but Jake Gordon remained patient and did not extract the ball, allowing Fainga’a to bide his time and eject himself from the back of the rumbling mass at the right time.

Try? Wales 20-6 Australia, 34 minutes

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Slowly, slowly, Australia begin to heave it forward - Jake Gordon thinks his forwards have scored, and Matt Carley’s on-field call is a try. Upstairs for a look...

Wales 20-6 Australia, 32 minutes

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Australia look to maul, but are immediately stalled. Illegally, though - Alun Wyn Jones drove in too soon before the lifted player had come to floor.

Hodge prods further up the touchline.

Wales 20-6 Australia, 31 minutes

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George North stays down and receives some treatment, inadvertently taking a stud or two in the face after making a double tackle on Fraser McReight. With the blood mopped up, he rejoins his teammates.

Australia opt for the corner, with Reece Hodge’s banana curving out ten metres from the Welsh line.

Wales 20-6 Australia, 30 minutes

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Jordan Petaia takes a high ball in a commanding manner, and his teammates soon draw a penalty advantage.

Nawaqintawase twice shows well, sending away Welshmen with a full extension of his arms, but a stooping Folau Fainga’a can’t take a low pass as space appears in front of the hooker. Still, back for the penalty, which was a high shot on the right.

Wales 20-6 Australia, 29 minutes

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There is a real energy to this game, which is both a surprise, given we are at the end of a long autumn, and rather pleasing.

Australia nearly unlock the Welsh fringe defence, Len Ikitau’s feet funky and fend fierce, but there are feet in touch before Mark Nawaqintawase can collect a pass.

PENALTY! WALES 20-6 Australia (Gareth Anscombe, 28 minutes)

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Over it goes after another clean dispatch from Gareth Anscombe’s instep.

Wales 17-6 Australia, 26 minutes

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Jac Morgan has had a very, very bright start. He beats two or three would-be tacklers on a pinball angled charge, arms and legs working like pistons in the engine - up and down, up and down - as he canters forth.

Fraser McReight dives at the feet of Alun Wyn Jones - there are no arms in the flanker’s tackle and Wales will have the chance to add to their lead.

Wales 17-6 Australia, 25 minutes

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A penalty each way: Matt Carley whistles first against Wales, allowing Jake Gordon to tap quickly, and then against Australia as Gordon’s hasty hurry away leaves him isolated.

TRY! WALES 17-6 Australia (Taulupe Faletau try, 23 minutes)

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He has!

Another gem created by the Welsh forwards, with Alun Wyn Jones producing another deft moment of dexterity out the back door to connect with a teammate. Justin Tipuric makes a hard charge to suck the Australians in, and then it is a simple draw and pass job, with Taulupe Faletau the end man on the line.

Faletau forces over in the corner, with TMO Joy Neville requiring only the briefest of looks to confirm he’d kept the chalk off his boots and grounded cleanly. Gareth Anscombe converts from the touchline, too.

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Wales 10-6 Australia, 22 minutes

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The Wales scrum goes to work again, earning another penalty advantage.

Through the hands they go, creating room on the right. Has Taulupe Faletau squeezed over in the corner?

Wales 10-6 Australia, 21 minutes

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That makes it even better - Folau Fainga’a throw to the tail drifts away from his hoisted teammate and into Welsh hands. Wales can’t capitalise, but Matthew Carley brings them back for a scrum for the not straight lineout.

Wales 10-6 Australia, 20 minutes

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That’s a much better restart drill from the Welsh. Kieran Hardy collects inside his own 22 and drives a powerful punt up to the other side of halfway.

PENALTY! WALES 10-6 Australia (Gareth Anscombe penalty, 19 minutes)

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Beautifully struck by Anscombe from 35 metres or so, just inside the 15-metre line. Simple enough, but crisply done.

Wales 7-6 Australia, 18 minutes

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There is definitely an improved continuity about the Welsh attack so far. They work up towards 15 phases with good energy, Jac Morgan again showing well in the carry to earn a penalty.

Gareth Anscombe will line it up...

PENALTY! Wales 7-6 AUSTRALIA (Ben Donaldson, 16 minutes)

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Ben Donaldson’s boot is true again.

Wales 7-3 Australia, 15 minutes

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Australia draw a penalty as they again earn possession back in Wales’ half.

But now the Wallabies will be forced into a change - yet more injury woe for Dave Rennie, and this time it is his skipper - James Slipper wears a pained expression as he exits, with Tom Robertson on.

Wales 7-3 Australia, 13 minutes

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But that will be Tomos Williams’ last action for now - he is hauled off for an HIA with Kieran Hardy on in his place.

TRY! WALES 7-3 Australia (Jac Morgan, 10 minutes)

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Jac Morgan bundles his way over!

This is a lovely score. Tomos Williams snipes, drawing two and still getting the arms free. Alun Wyn Jones strides on to the offload, in turn keeping the ball alive for his flanker rushing through with him.

Morgan lowers the shoulder and carries Allan Alaalatoa to the line.

Wales 0-3 Australia, 9 minutes

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Joe Hawkins’ first carry in earnest is solid enough, taking a pass that drifts slightly behind him and managing to regather his momentum and keep his legs churning through contact.

Nifty forward handling briefly creates na overlap, but Australia regather. Only temporarily, though - here come Wales with penalty advantage...

Wales 0-3 Australia, 8 minutes

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And Reece Hodge’s thumping right boot is a useful clearing option for Australia. He kicks up towards his own ten-metre line.

Wales 0-3 Australia, 7 minutes

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Wales earn a penalty from the scrum, and kick down into the Australian 22.

The lineout is sharp and Taulupe Faletau comes stomping around the corner, stepping through the tackle of Fraser McReight.

Dillon Lewis adds his burly input, but Kieran Hardy gets his fingers in a muddle at the base of a breakdown and knocks on.

Wales 0-3 Australia, 5 minutes

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Adams manages to hang on, somehow, allowing Wales their first possession of the encounter. It’s fluid enough from the hosts, but Gareth Anscombe loses his handle on the ball as he tries to explore on the right and it spills free from an Australian hand.

Wales 0-3 Australia, 4 minutes

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Australia’s restart drill is better executed.

Boomfa! Langi Gleeson makes an indentation on the ribs of Josh Adams, thumping into the Welsh full back as he hares up in pursuit of a kick.

PENALTY! Wales 0-3 AUSTRALIA (Ben Donaldson, 3 minutes)

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A pretty little draw in between the uprights. Australia on the board early.

Wales 0-0 Australia, 2 minutes

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The first scrum is a messy old thing, too.

Matt Carley orders a reset, and Australia get a nudge on as they feed again. This time James Slipper draws an infringement from Dillon Lewis, and his gesture towards the posts will grant Ben Donaldson the opportunity to get the scoring underway.

Wales 0-0 Australia, 1 minute

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Adam Beard shells the opening kick off having been lifted just outside his own 22. Inauspicious.


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The Principality surface is showing the wear and tear of a long campaign. The roof, incidentally, is meant to be closed, but is no longer fully able to shut - which rather sums up Welsh Rugby at the moment, in a lot of ways.

Australia get things underway.


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Warm applause from the Australian players after a fifth proud, if perhaps slightly jaded, singing of “Advance Australia Fair” this autumn.

Faces old and new stud the Welsh line as they sing “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau”, made more callow by Leigh Halfpenny’s late withdrawal. I think Australia will put plenty up in the air early on to test Josh Adams and the rest of that back three.

Wales vs Australia

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Right, here we are - the final matchday of this long international rugby autumn. The players wander out of the Principality Stadium tunnel, James Slipper widening his eyes as he takes it all in. The prop has done a good job in challenging circumstances this year - can his Australian side go again to deepen Wales’ problems?

Late injury blow for Wales

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A major late blow for Wales - Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out minutes before kick off. Josh Adams steps in to the starting side at full back, with Sam Costelow called on to the bench.

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Will Wales or Australia end their autumn on the high?

14:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

In truth, I’m not expecting much from this contest. These sides are both so depleted and with so many new combinations that finding any degree of fluency will be tough. In Fraser McReight, Jac Morgan and Justin Tipuric, there are some fine breakdown spoilers, too - it could be messy at the breakdown. Referee Matthew Carley could have a busy afternoon.

Warren Gatland dodges question about potential Wales return

14:46 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Warren Gatland is back at the Principality this afternoon, working for Amazon Prime on their coverage. There has been plenty of talk about a potential return to the head coaching role for the New Zealander if Wayne Pivac’s days are, as rumoured, numbered - with a whisper or two that Gatland may open to a return.

“It’s great to be back,” Gatland says, rather dodging the question as he is asked directly about the speculation. “I got stopped by a lot of fans on the way here asking. I said ‘this is not about me’. There’s a lot of speculation and stuff. I want to see Wales put on a really good performance and hopefully bounce back.”

Has there been any contact with the WRU? “No,” Gatland replies, with a broad smile...

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Brutal Australian year at last at an end

14:42 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Australia will have earned their post-match beers this evening as a gruelling year finally concludes for Dave Rennie’s side. Five games always looked a brutal autumn schedule, and there is no doubt that this is someway short of the sort of side Rennie will hope to put out come the World Cup next September. The graphic below goes some way towards telling the story of the Wallabies’ injury woe and yet still omits Michael Hooper, Rory Arnold, Scott Sio and Izaia Perese, among others.

So what can they learn this afternoon with so few settled combinations? A strong performance from Ben Donaldson would be a bonus as Australia seek a long-term solution at fly half, and you’d expect the Wallabies to be solid enough at scrum time, with the starting front row about the only area of the side in reasonable nick. It’s a pretty sizeable backline, too, and one with loads of kicking ability – I think they’ll try to get after Wales in the air.

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A debut for Joe Hawkins

14:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The suspicion was that Joe Hawkins may have to wait to get his turn in the Welsh midfield, but with Wayne Pivac’s top three choices at inside centre all absent, into the fray the youngster is thrown. The Ospreys centre captained the Welsh Under-20s impressively during the summer, notably striking a long-range penalty to seal victory late on against a strong Italian team, and has been backed by Wayne Pivac to make a quick step-up to Test level.

"He’s very excited,” Pivac said of his new cap. “He’s been in camp training for the last month and learning a lot and he’s looked good in training so he gets an opportunity."

Welsh rugby all feels rather downbeat at the moment, but Daffyd Jenkins, Christ Tshiunza and Hawkins have all come out of this year’s senior age-group side and offer glimmers of hope amid the gloom.

Team News - Australia

14:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This is game number five of a long autumn for Australia, with the Wallabies very much down to their bare bones. Dave Rennie had only 25 available players from which to pick his final matchday squad of the year. Of those involved last week, Hunter Paisami, Dave Porecki, Nic White, Rob Valetini, Andrew Kellaway and Taniela Tupou all departed Dublin with injuries, and Michael Hooper was forced into a midweek withdrawal after suffering concussion symptoms.

That means the Australia side has a slightly odd look, with a number of new faces getting a chance to impress. Number eight Langi Gleeson is raw but has plenty of ball-carrying talent, while Ben Donaldson gets a first start, uniting in the halves with his Waratahs teammate Jake Gordon. Jack of all trades Reece Hodge starts at inside centre for the first time in six years.

Tighthead Sam Talakai could make his debut from the bench.

Australia XV: J Slipper (capt.), F Fainga’a, A Alaalatoa; N Frost, C Neville; J Holloway, F McReight, L Gleeson; J Gordon, B Donaldson; M Nawaqanitawase, R Hodge, L Ikitau, J Petaia; T Wright.

Replacements: L Longergan, T Robertson, S Talakai, N Hanigan, P Samu; T McDermott, N Lolesio, J Campbell.

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Team News - Wales

14:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

This final autumn week falls outside of World Rugby’s stipulated November window, lifting the requirement on clubs to release their international players. That leaves Wales without Louis Rees-Zammit, Nick Tompkins, Christ Tshiunza, Dafydd Jenkins and Tommy Reffell, who have all returned to their Premiership clubs

Tompkins’ unavailability and Owen Watkin’s injury grant Joe Hawkins an unexpected debut at 12, partnering George North in the centres. A must-win occasion calls for Alun Wyn Jones’ experience in the second row, with the veteran lock making his first start since the Italy defeat that closed the Six Nations, while Jac Morgan, one of the few Welshmen to emerge in credit from last weekend, is joined by Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau in the back row.

Wales XV: G Thomas, K Owens, D Lewis; A Beard, AW Jones; J Morgan, J Tipuric (capt.), T Faletau; T Williams, G Anscombe; R Dyer, J Hawkins, G North, A Cuthbert; L Halfpenny.

Replacements: R Elias, R Jones, T Francis, B Carter, J Macleod; K Hardy, R Priestland, J Adams.

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George North: Wales have had brutally honest week ahead of Australia game

14:24 , Luke Baker

George North says that Wales have had “a brutally honest” week ahead of an Autumn Nations Series finale against Australia.

Wales tackle the Wallabies just seven days after being humiliated by Georgia in Cardiff.

It was arguably their worst result of rugby union’s professional era, arriving just eight months after Wales lost at home to annual Six Nations strugglers Italy.

A fourth successive victory over the Wallabies would not erase memories of the Georgia debacle, but it should at least lift spirits ahead of a tough Six Nations opener against Ireland in just 10 weeks’ time.

“I think this week has been a great example of the boys stepping up when we need to,” Wales centre North said.

George North: Wales have had brutally honest week ahead of Australia game

Wales embarrassed as unfancied Georgia grab famous win in autumn internationals

14:15 , Luke Baker

Wales suffered an embarrassing defeat as unfancied Georgia claimed a famous 13-12 autumn international victory at the Principality Stadium.

Substitute Luka Matkava’s penalty two minutes from time inflicted immeasurable pain on Wales.

Flanker Jac Morgan scored two first-half tries, but Wales huffed and puffed during a miserable second 40 minutes that Georgia dominated.

The countries clash again at next year’s World Cup in France, which is an encounter that Georgia will not fear in any shape or form.

Wing Sandro Todua scored a 59th-minute try, while fly-half Tedo Abzhandadze converted and kicked a penalty as the visitors repeatedly shunted Wales into reverse gear before Matkava’s late heroics.

Wales embarrassed as unfancied Georgia grab famous win

Is Wales vs Australia on TV today? Kick-off time and how to watch autumn international

14:09 , Luke Baker

Australia look to capitalise on Wales’ poor run of form when they round off their autumn internationals at the Principality Stadium.

Entering the contest low on confidence after a shock loss to Georgia, Wayne Pivac’s position is under threat.

Despite being a year away from the World Cup in France, a run of eight losses from 11 Tests has eroded any credit in the bank from the Six Nations win last year.

The Wallabies have suffered a frustrating autumn, beating Scotland but losing to both France and Italy by a solitary point, with No 1 side Ireland given a scare last weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game at the Principality Stadium:

Is Wales vs Australia on TV today? Kick-off time and how to watch

Wales vs Australia

14:01 , Luke Baker

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Wales vs Australia this afternoon - as the 2022 autumn internationals come to their conclusion.

Wales are looking to salvage some pride from their autumn international campaign after a shock loss to Georgia last week, although their opponents have also been struggling.

The autumn internationals have left Wayne Pivac and his Wallabies counterpart Dave Rennie under severe pressure with less than a year to go until the World Cup in France.

Pivac was sitting pretty after guiding his side to Six Nations glory in 2021, but a horrid streak of eight losses from 11 Tests this year leaves him in a tough spot.

Rennie is hoping to avoid a 10th loss from just 14 games in 2022, but dig a little deeper and Australia haven’t disgraced themselves this autumn, with victory over Scotland, single-point losses to France and Italy and then running the No 1 side in the world Ireland very close last weekend.

Stick with us for all the action.