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Former Wales captain Gareth Davies says his team’s decision to bring a perceived understrength side to Australia only increases the pressure on the Wallabies to perform in the two-test series.

“I think the Aussies are on the rack really,” Davies said Thursday. “If they don’t produce a 40-point win – a really good, slick performance, I don’t think it’s going to be viewed all that positively by the Aussie media. If they lose, I wouldn’t fancy being a Wallaby on Saturday night.”

Australia plays Wales in the first test Saturday at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney, with the second a week later in Brisbane.

Davies also questioned critics of Wales coach Gareth Jenkins for leaving more than a dozen senior players at home.

“There’s been a fair bit of criticism flying around surrounding the upcoming test matches, which has surprised me somewhat,” he said. “Inevitably, in today’s rough-and-tumble professional game, coaches have to develop the next generation within their teams and obviously in a World Cup year it’s a problem.

“But I’ll give you an interesting statistic – because Wales have been pilloried in the press for bringing out an experimental team.

“I just noticed that the total number of caps in the Welsh team for Saturday is 445.

“The total number of caps in the Australian team is 418. So I’m not sure who’s actually got the experience on the weekend.”

Davies said Wales, which drew 29-29 with Australia in the teams’ most recent match last November in Cardiff, was capable of an upset.

“I’m not that confident of the Australian team to be honest,” he said. “I’ve watched the Super 14s, which I think has been a general disappointment overall.

“Very few Aussies have put their hands up.”

Sapa-AFP

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