Australia make changes for Wales, including return of Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins

Last Updated: 28/11/13 12:27pm

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Adam Ashley-Cooper: Named at outside centre for Wales clash

Adam Ashley-Cooper: Named at outside centre for Wales clash

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Australia have recalled Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins for their final autumn international against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

The two backs were among a group of six players handed one-match bans by coach Ewen McKenzie following an inappropriate drinking session prior to the win over Ireland in Dublin a fortnight ago.

Ashley-Cooper will start at outside centre in place of Mike Harris, who drops to the bench, with Cummins back on the wing in place of Chris Feauai-Sautia, who scored a try in the 21-15 win over the Scots at Murrayfield.

Prop Paddy Ryan will serve his one-match ban this week after playing against the Scots, while flanker Liam Gill misses out on the matchday squad altogether as Australia look to make it nine consecutive wins against the Welsh.

Front rowers Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson have been named on the bench.

The pack remains unchanged but Dave Dennis and Kane Douglas are named amongst the replacements instead of strong scrummager Sitaleki Timani.

After losing to England earlier this month, the Wallabies have beaten Italy, Ireland and the Scots over the last three weeks.

"We are treating this week a little bit like our Grand Final, so it's pleasing to bring in some big game players with a lot of experience," McKenzie said.

"I think everyone will be extremely motivated by the circumstances of the game and the opportunity to play Wales in their back-yard.

"For us to finish (the year) on a high would be good reward for a lot of the hard work being done.

"We are trying to be a consistent side which can come up with answers no matter what the circumstance or environment."

Australia team: I Folau (NSW Waratahs); J Tomane (ACT Brumbies), A Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), C Leali'ifano (ACT Brumbies), N Cummins (Western Force); Q Cooper (Queensland Reds), W Genia (Queensland Reds); J Slipper (Queensland Reds), S Moore (ACT Brumbies), S Kepu (NSW Waratahs), R Simmons (Queensland Reds), J Horwill (Queensland Reds), S Fardy (ACT Brumbies), M Hooper (NSW Waratahs), B Mowen (ACT Brumbies, capt)

Replacements: T Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs), B Robinson (NSW Waratahs), B Alexander (ACT Brumbies), K Douglas (NSW Waratahs), D Dennis (NSW Waratahs), N White (ACT Brumbies), M Harris (Queensland Reds), B Foley (NSW Waratahs)

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