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Sunday 23 September 2018

Jones warns Wales not to dwell on record

Alun-Wyn Jones has warned that Wales cannot afford to dwell on five years of failure against Australia when they target a prized Wallabies scalp this weekend.

Jones is among only two survivors in the Wales team on Saturday from that which claimed a 21-18 victory over Australia during the 2008 autumn campaign.

It has proved to be a protracted tale of woe since then, with the Wallabies claiming eight successive victories – four by three points or less – in Cardiff, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

"We realise we have been there or thereabouts, but that's not essentially good enough," said Ospreys lock Jones, who captained the British and Irish Lions in their memorable third Test triumph against Australia earlier this year.

"Yes, we've beaten them in the Welsh jersey before and we are perfectly capable of doing it and we know we can do it. There is obviously an opportunity to do that at the weekend.

"The danger of looking back (to 2008) is that we were at a different stage then. Warren Gatland had just come in, and possibly it was a honeymoon period of a new coach and a new vibe in the side.

"Since then, we haven't won many autumn games in comparison to the number we've played.

"So we can look back and say 'yes, we've done it before,' but we would be cautious to go that far back because a lot of things have changed in the game, although you can also take a bit of heart out of it."

3WALES v AUSTRALIA, Live BBC 2 (Today, KO 5.0)

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