The Wallabies are in the capital of Wales, Cardiff, and are training in earnest for the Saturday meeting (Sunday morning AEDT), reportedly under grey skies, which only makes us wonder if it is even necessary to include the word grey when speaking of skies in Wales.
Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika is apparently preparing to throw some big bodes at the Welsh, knowing that this is not the tiny Cherry Blossoms side that was no match for the Wallabies in Yokohama, the first stop of the spring tour.
At the moment, it appears Cheika plans to deploy Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani sporting the yellow-and-white starter’s jerseys. Cheika had paired the two last year for an experiment that was abandoned after two Tests, but Kerevi’s recent good form in his audition against the Japanese prompted Cheika to try the pairing once again.
Between Kerevi and Kuridrani, there will be over 200 kg of beef on the ground. The two were paired last year against England, but two losses to the Brits called time on that combination.
If the two are indeed selected for Cardiff, they will have the benefit of Kurtley Beale as a second ball-player, which hopefully will yield more involvement for the two Ks. In England, they had only Bernard Foley attempting to create chances for them.
Foley appears healthy and has been playing five-eighth in training over the past week. Will Genia appears sufficiently recovered from a calf ailment that kept him out of the Japan Test, which might have negative implications for Karmichael Hunt, who might find himself the odd man out, as the Wallabies are deep in form backs.
Kuridrani has 55 caps and has been working with Kerevi to improve the latter’s defense. During the game, he will have to focus on marking Welsh outside centre Jonathan Davies, who impressed with his play when the British and Irish Lions toured New Zealand earlier this year.