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Welsh results offer rare bit of statistical respite for Wallabies

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The Wallabies play Wales in Cardiff this weekend and if the hosts appear obsessed with their long losing streak against Australia there is a good reason.

The Welsh are the statistical outliers in the changing relationship between the Wallabies and the Home Nations – and quite dramatically so.

Since 2008, the Wallabies have a losing record against England, Ireland and Scotland. In fact, the past decade has been a story of accelerating decline against England and Ireland and recurring issues with Scotland.

Outlier: Wales captain Sam Warburton shakes hands with Scott Sio after losing to the Wallabies in the 2015 World Cup.Credit:AP

The base stats are thus: in the 2008-to-present period, the Wallabies have won 35.7 per cent of games against England, 45 per cent of games against Ireland and 42.9 per cent of games against Scotland. The success rate against Wales is 92.9 per cent.

However, those numbers are only the start of the story, and it is particularly problematic for Michael Cheika.

Although the Wallabies now struggle against........

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