The secret weapon Wales hope will help buck history

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by Beth Newman

Wales have brought in a secret weapon to fire up their players as they vie to snap an eight-year losing run against the Wallabies.

Former Test hooker Garin Jenkins addressed the team this week, and one of the most-capped Welsh rakes ever  knows a little bit about against-the-odds victories over Australia.

Jenkins played with Swansea in 1992 when the Welsh provincial side toppled the world-beating Wallabies, just a year after their 1991 Rugby World Cup victory.

The Welsh rake scored a try against that Wallabies team, that included big names stars, including Tim Horan, Jason Little and captained by Phil Kearns.

Wales hooker Garin Jenkins came into camp this week. Photo: Getty ImagesWales forwards coach Robin McBryde said some technical, and motivational, assistance from Jenkins would be invaluable in the lead-up to the Australian clash.

“There are a number of good ex-internationals whose words are worth listening to,” he said.

“From a front five point of view it’s going to be a big challenge against an Australian pack that have built up momentum, under (Mario) Ledesma’s influence;.

“They’re very efficient in that area.I just thought some words of wisdom from Garen would (help).

“He was excellent last night.”

That the week also happens to be 25 years since that famous Swansea win was not lost on McBryde.

“We replayed the try so he could have his moment of glory.

“It was great to have thim there. Anybody who’s been in Garin’s company knows he’s an inspirational (guy).”

Wales take on Australia on Saturday November 11, kicing off at 5:15pm local, Sunday 4:15am AEDT LIVE on beIN Sports and SBS.