Williams tips Wales for success

Shane Williams

Shane Williams

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Shane Williams has backed Wales to make their presence felt in Australia by claiming at least one Test match victory against the Wallabies.

Wales have not beaten Australia Down Under for 43 years, but a three-Test series in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offers a gilt-edged chance to build on this season's successes. The World Cup semi-finalists and reigning RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam champions are geared towards taking what they see as the next step.

Williams, who bowed out of Test rugby in Barbarians colours during their 30-21 loss to Wales on Saturday, said: It's going to be tough. It is a big ask to win the series against Australia - one of the best sides in the world - on their home turf, but I think that is where we need to get to now. We've won the Grand Slam and we need keep going on an upward curve."

He went on: "I do see Wales winning a Test out there - whether or not they win the series I don't know - but they have certainly got a good enough squad."

An advance party of 16 players, including many Grand Slam winners, are already in Australia preparing for the Brisbane opener next Saturday under assistant coach Shaun Edwards' direction.

Caretaker tour boss Rob Howley and an 18-strong playing group are set to join them in the next 48 hours, and among that second tranche will be 19-year-old Cardiff Blues wing Harry Robinson.

Robinson and 20-point centre James Hook proved the shining lights of a disjointed Wales display against the Baa-baas.

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