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Australia vs. Wales Rugby World Cup – Gatland’s side favourites to make it two wins from two

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Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for Wales’ second Rugby World Cup group game against Australia on Sunday.

That means captain Alun Wyn Jones will make his 130th cap, making him Wales’ most capped player of all time surpassing Gethin Jenkins.

Gatland’s side secured a comprehensive 43-13 win over Georgia in their opening Group D game, but know Australia will be a different challenge entirely.

The Wallabies faced a tough Fiji side in their opening game of the tournament, eventually running out 39-21 winners. A hard fought battle has resulted in Michael Cheika making four changes to the starting lineup.

Wales ended a 13 game losing streak against Australia in 2018 with a 9-6 victory and have since climbed the world rankings to become serious World Cup contenders. It’s 5/1 for Wales to win by 1-5 points again.

George North is the 10/1 favourite to score the opening try, while Australia’s Marika Koroibete is available at 11/1.

Many have tipped this encounter to be one of the standout games of the Group phase and it’s one that could go either way.

Wales are 4/5 favourites whilst Australia can be backed at 11/8. The Wallabies with a +5 handicap is 4/6. Whatever the result on Sunday this game is set to be a cracker.

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