The Wallabies are like a “wounded animal” ahead of their high-stakes World Cup clash in Lyon, according to Wales assistant coach Jonathan Thomas.
Rocked by their first ever tournament defeat to Fiji, the Australians could make more unwanted history if they lose to Wales on Sunday (Monday AEST).
Eddie Jones’s team could become the first Wallabies outfit to be eliminated at the World Cup’s pool stage.
Thomas said that threat made Australia dangerous.
“We respect Australia as a rugby nation. They are a wounded animal, they can be dangerous,” Thomas told reporters from Wales’s Versailles base.
Australia hold a 5-2 lead across the countries’ seven previous World Cup meetings, but Wales won the most recent encounter, a pool clash at the 2019 tournament in Japan.
Both teams advanced to the quarter-finals four years ago, with the Wallabies falling to England while Wales were knocked out by…