Robin McBryde: Wales need to lose 'baggage' against Australia

George North in action against Australia in 2015
Wales' loss in the 2015 Rugby World Cup was their 11th successive defeat by Australia
Wales Under Armour Test series - Wales v Australia
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 5 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live BBC Wales television and radio commentary; also on the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text commentaries

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde says they have to think about the future rather than dwell on the past when they face Australia in Cardiff on Saturday.

The first of deputy coach Rob Howley's nine Tests in charge begins with their first autumn international.

They have lost their last 11 Tests against the Wallabies but McBryde says Wales must forget about past results.

"At this stage of the season, historically, we haven't been very strong," McBryde said.

"Hopefully this young group of players that we've got will enter the game with no baggage and give it their best shot."

Defence coach Shaun Edwards had said Wales' immediate ambition was to secure a place in the top four in the world rankings to improve their hopes in the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw.

The draw will take place in May next year with Wales, who are ranked fifth in the world, hoping to avoid a so-called 'group of death' repeat.

Defeat by Australia in December 2012 sent Wales out of the world's top eight and in the 2015 Rugby World Cup they were grouped alongside the Wallabies and hosts England.

"We know the implications of not having a very successful period between now and May," McBryde added.

"The repercussions of that we felt in the last World Cup really, where we had a short turnaround against quality teams, and ultimately that took quite a bit out of us.

David Pocock
Australia have named David Pocock at blind-side flanker for the first time in his career for Saturday's Test against Wales

"We know we can help our cause in 2019 by getting results at this stage. Everyone is more than aware of that."

Michael Cheika does not believe that Australia's long winning run against Wales, which stretches over eight years, is relevant going into Saturday's game.

Cheika's side shows four changes from the one beaten 37-10 by New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup match on 22 October.

"I don't know if anyone is thinking about 12 in a row at a time when we have not won as many games as we should have this year," Cheika said.

"It has not popped up on anyone's radar. All that stuff is the past. It gives you nothing on Saturday, and it gives them [Wales] nothing.

"It is the two teams on match day putting what they consider to be their best rugby forward. The better team will win, and that is what it boils down to. The other stuff is nice fluff around the outside."

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