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AUSTRALIAN coach Michael Cheika has played down the Wallabies' imperious winning run against Wales ahead of tomorrow's Millennium Stadium clash.

AUSTRALIAN coach Michael Cheika has played down the Wallabies' imperious winning run against Wales ahead of tomorrow's Millennium Stadium clash.

Wales have not beaten Australia since November 2008 - a nine-Test losing sequence - but the Wallabies' new head coach Cheika is not allowing himself to be swept along by such dominance.

"I am not too worried about that record. I am just looking at one (win) in-a-row," Cheika said. "That is how we have to look at it at Test level.

"I have been interested in people taking about streaks these days and history. They are relatively irrelevant.

"The only streak you want to be getting is one in-a-row, which is the next one.

"There is probably a bit of a consensus that it is not a matter of if it will happen, it is when they (Wales) will beat us. It is up to us to dig our heels in and push hard to be successful."

Cheika has made two changes from the side beaten 29-28 by New Zealand last month, with Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon making his international debut. McMahon replaces an injured Scott Fardy, while No 8 Ben McCalman takes over from Scott Higginbotham (injured).

But the team is otherwise unaltered from that which suffered an agonising Bledisloe Cup loss three weeks ago, which means star half-backs Quade Cooper and Will Genia are on bench duty after starting against the Barbarians last Saturday.

McMahon, 20, featured in the Baa-baas game, and a strong performance at Twickenham confirmed his place.

"He was not scared to carry the ball, get involved and be aggressive," said Cheika.

WALES v AUSTRALIA

Millennium Stadium, Tomorrow

(KO 2.30) Live BBC1


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