Wales must combat David Pocock if they are to stand a chance of beating Australia in December
Australia legend David Campese has warned Wales that they must get to grips with David Pocock if they are to secure a long-awaited victory over the Wallabies.
Wales have lost five consecutive matches to the reigning Tri-Nations champions, including a 3-0 series whitewash this summer, but have the chance to end their drought at the Millennium Stadium in December.
Two of those matches went to the wire and 'Campo' reckons the Grand Slam champions should and could have won.
"Wales played a slightly under-strength Aussie side and blew the opportunities in front of them," the Wallabies legend Western Mail.
"Wales have the players but sometimes lack that cutting edge. They failed to deal with Pocock and it ultimately cost them. The Welsh need to commit more men to the breakdown to generate quick ball.
"After losing the first Test convincingly, Wales should have possibly gone on to win the series. The Australians showed, in the third Test, how to close a game down.
"If you watch the All Blacks play they are always in control. If Wales play that way they will start to win against the southern hemisphere. They will earn respect by playing hard."
Campese scored a record 64 times in 101 Tests on the wing for the Wallabies and reckons Wales must get a much ball as possible to their powerful wide-men George North and Alex Cuthbert.
But he is confident Australia will be even better, and a much tougher proposition for Wales, following the inaugural Rugby Championship.
"Wales need to give North and Cuthbert more ball. There needs to be less kicking," said the 1991 World Cup winner.
"The Welsh backs showed plenty of promise. They are a threat and they need to play the Welsh way. They need to get players to think for themselves, see space and utilise good skills.
"But the Aussies will improve after their Championship campaign. That should make for a fantastic autumn series."
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.