Adam Jones identifies Wales’ new rock star and warns ‘Australia are not Abercwmcabbage 3rds’

Adam Jones has warned in opposition to individuals writing off Australia, insisting Wales are not taking part in Abercwmcabbage 3rds.

The Wallabies have misplaced their opening two Tests on tour, in opposition to Scotland and England, whereas they are additionally with out star males Michael Hooper, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete and Quade Cooper for Saturday’s showdown on the Principality Stadium.

Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson has made his emotions clear on them.

Speaking on 5 Live Rugby, he stated: “Australia are not a good side.

“They are so far away from what we saw in the Rugby Championship.

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“Let’s be honest, this has to be an opportunity for Wales to win this.”

But showing on the identical programme, legendary Lions prop Jones struck a notice of warning.

“I think everyone is doing Australia a bit of a bad rap here,” stated the 95-cap tighthead.

“People are speaking as though Wales are playing against Abercwmcabbage 3rds.

“If you look at Australia’s team, you have got Rory Arnold, with Will Skelton coming off the bench.

“I thought the winger Andrew Kellaway was brilliant in the Rugby Championship and you’ve got Taniela Tupou coming back in.

“Him and Allan Alaalatoa didn’t play against England and they are two very good tightheads. Tupou is a massive player for them.

“There are a hell of a lot of good players in this team. There is a lot of talent there.

“They are probably not as good as they were in the Rugby Championship, but they generally come to Cardiff and cause us a few problems.

“I never played against too many bad Australian sides.

“So I don’t think it’s going to be easy for Wales. They are not playing particularly well at the moment.

“They have got a massive casualty list and it’s testing the depth.

“Obviously Wales will want to win and 74,000 people in Cardiff will want to see them do it as well. It’s always a scalp to get Australia.”

Looking on the workforce Wayne Pivac has picked, Jones stated: “It’s an interesting selection with Willis Halaholo and Nick Tompkins in the centre.

“When you look at the talent in the Welsh back-line, if we can get decent quick, fast ball and get over the gainline, then we can cause them a few problems.

“But it’s easier said than done against Australia. They are pretty canny, pretty adept at slowing you down and making you run into brick walls.”

Jones says one optimistic to come back out of all of the accidents Wales have confronted through the autumn has been the chance it has introduced to some new gamers.

“It’s a great chance for boys to get experience and exposure to it,” he stated.

“How many individuals outdoors of Wales, possibly outdoors Newport, would have recognized who Taine Basham was earlier than this marketing campaign?

Taine Basham and Ellis Jenkins forward of the Fiji conflict
(Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)

“And he’s turned out to be a rock star. He’s just another outstanding 7 off the Welsh production line.

“It’s great to see someone like him taking his chance against the All Blacks and South Africa.

“Then you’ve got Ellis Jenkins coming back in, which is a great story, and he’s captain now.

“In the Six Nations, you are going to have Tipuric and Navidi back. There is so much depth at the moment.”

Jones, who’s at the moment teaching at Harlequins, additionally gave his ideas on the Rassie Erasmus saga.

South Africa’s director of rugby has been banned from all rugby for 2 months and from involvement with the Springboks on match days for a 12 months as punishment for an hour-long video criticising the refereeing in July’s first Test defeat to the Lions.

“He obviously crossed the line,” stated Jones.

“I was brought up in the Welsh system to respect the refs. Maybe there are times you want to say something, but you’ve got that level of respect for them.

“I read the bits from Nic Berry (first Test ref) and I felt so sorry for him.

“He obviously went through a fair bit of pain there and it obviously affected him and his family.

“I know people might call it a masterstroke or whatever by Erasmus or mind games, but to hear how the ref felt just hit home to me that you don’t need that sort of public scrutiny and being ripped apart.”




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