Alun Wyn Jones Ken Owens Justin Tipuric George North Leigh Halfpenny Wayne Pivac Warren Gatland Rugby Britain France Italy Argentina Australia Georgia Ireland city Lions, Ireland New Zealand Alun Wyn Jones Ken Owens Justin Tipuric George North Leigh Halfpenny Wayne Pivac Warren Gatland Rugby Britain France Italy Argentina Australia Georgia Ireland city Lions, Ireland New Zealand

Wales vs Australia talking points: Wayne Pivac seek much-needed win over Wallabies

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Wales end their Autumn Nations Series campaign when they tackle Australia in Cardiff on Saturday.Wayne Pivac and his players are reeling from a 13-12 home defeat against Georgia last time out, ramping up the pressure for Australia’s visit.Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the key talking points ahead of the game.There are some who feel that Pivac’s time is up as Wales head coach following the humiliating loss to Georgia.It came just eight months after Wales were beaten at home by Italy, with the New Zealander’s success-rate since he succeeded Warren Gatland three years ago registering under 40 per cent.

Victory over Australia is a minimum requirement, although the damage might have already been done.Just 10 months out from the World Cup in France, Welsh Rugby Union chiefs have arrived at a crossroads.

Do they carry on with Pivac’s journey or turn off the engine?If Wales do get over the line and claim a fourth successive victory over Australia, then experience will have played a major part.Former Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones and full-back Leigh Halfpenny are among those to be recalled, and when centre George North, hooker Ken Owens, flanker Justin Tipuric and number eight Taulupe Faletau are added to the mix, those six players alone boast a combined total of 626 Wales caps.Jones and North are already into three figures, while Faletau makes his 100th Test appearance for Wales and the British and Irish Lions this weekend.Wales’ attendances for the Autumn Nations Series have held up well, with more than 195,000 people watching games against New Zealand, Argentina and Georgia.A crowd of around 60,000 is likely for Australia’s Principality Stadium visit, but it is not about numbers this time, more the reception Pivac

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