Edwards targets history
Young Welsh team eager to make their own history in Australia
Last Updated: 06/06/12 12:05pm
Shaun Edwards: Says it will be a big driving force for the young Wales team to beat Australia
Defensive coach Shaun Edwards insists Wales are targeting a place in history in their three-Test series against Australia this month.
The series, which opens with the first Test in Brisbane on Saturday, pits the Six Nations champions against the Tri-Nations winners.
But history is against the tourists, with Wales having not taken a major scalp in the southern hemisphere since beating Australia at the 1987 World Cup.
The Wallabies also won both clashes between the sides at the back end of last season, including the World Cup third place play-off, but Edwards believes this will be a huge driving force for the young Welsh players.
He said: "The history books are against us... but the thing about these guys is they are very young... and they want to make their own history.
"The thing that rankles them is they've never beaten Australia and that will be a big driving force for them, to rectify that in Australia."
Australia go into the clash on the back of a 9-6 defeat to Scotland on Tuesday but Edwards, who will be working under Rob Howley on the tour in the continued absence of the injured head coach Warren Gatland, warned the hosts should never be underestimated.
"Every time you play against Australia, you are playing against a very good team, whoever puts on that green and gold jersey is going to be a very good player," he said.
"The history books are against us... but the thing about these guys is they are very young... and they want to make their own history."
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Scrum-half Mike Phillips added the Welsh want to build on their Six Nations' Grand Slam.
"It's all about winning and we want to carry on in that way and move to the next level," he said. "We want to push on and get the next big scalp."