9:46am Thursday 28th November 2013
By Chris Kirwan
QUADE Cooper will win his 50th cap when he pulls the strings for Australia against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday evening (kick-off 5pm).
The fly-half has been named in a strong Wallabies line-up for the autumn finale in Cardiff with Will Genia his half-back partner.
Four of the ‘Dublin Six’ – who were banned for drinking before the Aussies’ Test against Ireland – are named in the 23 with centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and wing Nick Cummin handed starts and prop Benn Robinson and hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau on the bench.
"We're treating this week a little bit like our Grand Final, so it's pleasing to bring in some big game players with a lot of experience," said boss Ewan McKenzie, who took over from Robbie Deans in the summer.
"I think everyone will be extremely motivated by the circumstances of the game and the opportunity to play Wales in their back yard. For us to finish on a high would be good reward for a lot of the hard work being done.
"There has been a lot of change and different things happening, so for the guys to push through that has been terrific."
The Aussies have beaten Italy, Ireland and Scotland since losing their November opener against England.
Wales, who have beaten Argentina and Tonga after being overpowered by South Africa, are looking to end an eight-game losing streak against the Wallabies that stretches back to 2008.
Australia: I Folau, J Tomane, A Ashley-Cooper, C Leali'ifano, N Cummins, Q Cooper, W Genia, J Slipper, S Moore, S Kepu, R Simmons, J Horwill, S Fardy, M Hooper, B Mowen (captain). Replacements: T Polota-Nau, B Robinson, B Alexander, K Douglas, D Dennis, N White, M Harris, B Foley.
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