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Wales knock out Jonathan Davies for Australia’s game even though the center is on the brink of 100 caps

Wales knock out Jonathan Davies for Australia’s match even though the center is on the verge of 100 caps … but Wayne Pivac insists the future centurion has NOT been eliminated despite Uilisi Halaholo and Nick Tompkins they started instead

  • Jonathan Davies will miss his 100th international game for Wales against Australia this week
  • The center was left out by Wayne Pivac who insists he has not been taken down
  • Recovered Uilisi Halaholo and Nick Tompkins will start center over Davies
  • Wales are struggling to stay fit after the Fiji clash and have 16 players injured


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Wales could be in the midst of an injury crisis, but he still left Jonathan Davies out of his squad for Australia’s game, which would have been his 100th international.

But Wales coach Wayne Pivac backed the 33-year-old Davies into that century, combining 93 Wales internationals with six from the Lions so far, and making it to the next World Cup, making it clear that it had not been eliminated.

Pivac selected Uilisi Halaholo and Nick Tompkins center over Davies, a combination he had previously wanted to see, but Halaholo caught Covid in the week of the All Blacks game.

Wales have shut out Jonathan Davies to steal his 100th international match against Australia on Saturday

Wales have shut out Jonathan Davies to steal his 100th international match against Australia on Saturday

Wayne Pivac admitted that Davies has not been eliminated and is confident that he will get his century

Wayne Pivac admitted that Davies has not been eliminated and is confident that he will get his century

Wayne Pivac admitted that Davies has not been eliminated and is confident that he will get his century

“Jonathan hasn’t been knocked down, but we want to take a look at Willis and also Josh Adams in midfield,” said Pivac, who sees Davies’ future on the inside, not off center.

‘He’s the captain of this group, since Alun Wyn Jones left, and that doesn’t change just because he’s not playing.

WALES VS AUSTRALIA LINEUP

WELSH: L Williams; Rees-Zammit, Tompkins, Halaholo, Adams; Biggar, T Williams; W Jones, Elias, Francis, Beard, S Davies, Jenkins (c), Basham, Wainwright.

Bank: Dee, G Thomas, Lewis, Carter, Tshiunza, G Davies, Priestland, McNicholl.

AUSTRALIA: Beale; Kellaway, Ikitau, Paisami, Daugunu; O’Connor, White; Slipper, Latu, Tupou, Arnold, Rodda, Leota, Samu, Valetini.

Bank: Faingaa, Bell, Alaalatoa, Skelton, Swinton, McDermott, Foketi, Wright.

“He has a great contribution off the field, he is a senior player. Understand that we always put the team first. As much as you want to play, you understand the reasoning.

“He knows we have a World Cup that we are working on and he is desperate to play in that World Cup. He thinks he has something to contribute, otherwise I think he would retire.

‘We will have to wait and see how things unfold for the Six Nations. If I were a gambling man, I wouldn’t bet Jonathan Davies was leaving too soon.

‘He is hungry. He’s as hungry as if he had a plug or two. He desperately wants to play for his country. You know you have more to give.

Wales have 16 injured players and are not out of the woods with two more selected for Saturday.

Tomas Francis needs to get through more hoops with concussion return-to-play protocols to start with a closed head, and wing Adams has yet to prove his fitness after a calf problem ruled him out of the Fiji game.

They could both quit. If so, Wales is lacking in accessories and Wyn Jones, a loose head, may have to cover the tight side with Dillon Lewis promoted from the bench.

Wales are currently battling fatigue after their win over Fiji and have 16 injured players.

Wales are currently battling fatigue after their win over Fiji and have 16 injured players.

Wales are currently battling fatigue after their win over Fiji and have 16 injured players.

To further avoid fatigue, Wales have only fully trained once this week before their last game of an autumn that has pushed their resources to the limit.

“ Some players have performed very well, which has been a great advantage for us, because the flip side of not having injuries is that those players would not have been exposed, and maybe closer to the World Cup and during the tournament. World Cup let’s expose ourselves and there are inexperienced players there, ‘added Pivac.

“So he’s helping us with a vision of the players and possible teams in the future, more information for us, which has been fantastic.

“But it has slightly changed the direction where we wanted to go with the team if we had a full team available. It is similar to last fall.

Pivac believes this is a good opportunity for Wales to explore possible options in the future.

Pivac believes this is a good opportunity for Wales to explore possible options in the future.

Pivac believes this is a good opportunity for Wales to explore possible options in the future.

‘We have learned a lot of lessons from that, but we just don’t want to keep learning lessons.

“When we look back a couple of years from now, we will see what they have done the last two autumns and that has given us a stronger squad to enter a World Cup year.”

Australia does not have captain Michael Hooper, so James Slipper’s bosses are back on the loose head, and they are also fixed with Quade Cooper, Sean McMahon and Samu Kerevi unable to travel here due to club commitments.

Australia will be captained by James Slipper with regular skipper Michael Hooper injured

Australia will be captained by James Slipper with regular skipper Michael Hooper injured

Australia will be captained by James Slipper with regular skipper Michael Hooper injured

But Pivac doesn’t think the lack of available stars on either side will diminish the show.

“Both in the Australian and the Welsh dressing rooms there are young people who put on the shirt and represent their country, it is something they have dreamed of,” he concluded.

‘Whether it’s Australia with one injury or two, or five injuries and vice versa, the players really don’t give a … you know? No matter what their teammates look like, they want to get out there and perform. ”

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