Warren Gatland

Andy Howell: The Wales team Warren Gatland should pick to face Australia at the Millennium Stadium – WalesOnline

Warren Gatland
Wales coach Warren Gatland has much to ponder

Wales have got hardly any injuries, they should have beaten South Africa during their last outing and there’s peace between the WRU and the regions.

All seems well in the often-mad world of Welsh rugby and you’d think Warren Gatland has a pretty straightforward task when it comes to selecting his starting team to face Australia at the start of an autumn series that is of vital importance to next year’s World Cup.

But Wales have lost 24 of their 25 fixtures with union’s big three of World Cup holders and Rugby Championship kings New Zealand, South Africa and Australia since Gatland took over as coach following the 2007 World Cup debacle.

As far as I’m concerned, Wales have to break the psychological barrier which has prevented them – their sole win was against Australia six years ago – from beating the Springboks and All Blacks during the Kiwi’s reign, otherwise it makes the task more difficult mentally when it comes to facing Australia at the group stage of next year’s World Cup.

Gatland has to get his selection right, starting with the clash against a Wallaby team racked by disciplinary problems and beaten in Argentina last weekend.

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