Australia coach Michael Cheika has confirmed he will not appeal against Reece Hodge’s three-match ban for a dangerous tackle.
Hodge will miss Wales ended Australia’s long run of success in the fixture by beating them last November – a win that was part of a record 14-Test unbeaten sequence which also helped Wales briefly become world rugby’s number one-ranked team.
Cheika added: “I think every match in the World Cup is a grand final. Whether you can try to isolate one more than the other, I personally don’t believe so.
“All that history stuff between one team and another doesn’t count because you get out there and it is zero-zero.
“I’ve been privileged to be a part of a few of these (Wales versus Australia games) now. It was my first ever Test match in charge of Australia.
“We’ve got very contrasting styles – we like to run with the ball. They like a lot of counter-attack footy sometimes, and they are great defenders as well.
“One thing you see in these games is full commitment from all players on both sides, and that is what usually makes them pretty tight.