Wallabies plan to be party crashers

Skipper James Horwill says the Wallabies are determined to crash Welsh star Shane Williams’ farewell party at Millennium Stadium on Saturday (Sunday AM AEDT).


Horwill said the tourists wanted to finish the year on a winning note in the final match of Williams’ celebrated international career.

The Queensland Reds big man said Williams’ swansong would be a “huge motivator” for the home side.

“We are here to spoil that party,” he said following Australia’s final training run on Friday in Cardiff.

Horwill welcomed the Millennium Stadium roof being shut for the match with rain expected on Saturday.

“I think it adds to the spectacle, the noise is trapped in and it is definitely going to be a dry pitch so you don’t have any queries about that,” he said.

“I think it is going to be good for both teams and both teams will like a dry, fast pitch for a pretty entertaining game.”

As expected, outside centre Rob Horne was ruled out with hamstring tightness and replaced by Anthony Fainga’a.

The elevation of Fainga’a has opened up a space on the bench for Nick Phipps.

Phipps will be the back-up halfback with Ben Lucas providing cover for other backline positions.

Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lachie Turner, Anthony Fainga’a, Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, James O’Connor, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Scott Higginbotham, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Salesi Ma’afu, Tatafu Polota Nau, James Slipper. Res: Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Nathan Sharpe, Radike Samo, Ben Lucas, Ben Tapuai, Nick Phipps.

In a free-to-air TV exclusive, SBS will broadcast the rugby international between Wales and Australia from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff LIVE at 1:15am (AEDT) on Sunday 4 December.

Michael Tomalaris will host SBS’s coverage and will be joined by Al Baxter, Australia’s most-capped prop, and 1999 World Cup winner Matt Burke, Australia’s second highest points scorer in history.