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Nick Cummins is already excited about next year's British and Irish Lions tour

Last Updated: 28/11/12 4:01pm

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Nick Cummins: next year's British and Irish Lions tour Down Under already in mind

Nick Cummins: next year's British and Irish Lions tour Down Under already in mind

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Australia wing Nick Cummins has admitted next year's British and Irish Lions tour Down Under is already at the back of his mind.

The Wallabies are currently touring Europe on their Autumn Series tour and tackle Wales in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

It has been an indifferent season for Australia after they suffered a 33-6 defeat at the hands of France earlier this month.

The tourists have steadied the ship with victories over England and Italy and Cummins is already excited at next summer's visit of the Lions.

"We have a few new blokes in the team, and we have had a lot of injuries this year," said Cummins. "If everyone is fit, we will have a good stock to pick from against the Lions.

"That tour is at the back of your mind, but there are two things we need to do first.

"We need to finish this tour on a good note, giving us something to build on when we get back, and then have a well-earned break to freshen the mind so you have the eye of the tiger when you come back, a burning desire to get into them."

Hungry

Wales have endured an Autumn Series to forget after following up defeats to Argentina and Samoa with a 33-10 loss to world champions New Zealand last weekend.

However, Cummins, who scored a try in the win over England at Twickenham, expected Wales to be fired up in Cardiff.

"I reckon Wales will be hungrier than ever," added the 25-year-old. "We are going to have to be on the ball because they will want to finish strongly.

"Although we are at the end of our tour, we cannot afford to slack off. It will be whoever fronts up on the day.

"There was not much in it in the series earlier this year (Australia won it 3-0 by a combined margin of 11 points), and we know only our best will do.

"Wales are more like a southern hemisphere team than any of the other European sides in the way they look to move the ball and throw it around.

"Our defence was a big point for us against England, and it will be another big one for us on Saturday. We have to be urgent and catch them behind the gain-line.

"Everyone has their own style and strengths. New Zealand are great in their way, but Wales can also do some incredible things. We cannot let our guard down."

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