Warburton denies Wales ‘psychological barrier’

Wales captain Sam Warburton has said that his team do not have to overcome a “psychological barrier” to beat Australia’s Wallabies when the two teams face each other in Cardiff on Saturday.

Wales have lost their last nine Test matches against Australia and have not beaten the Wallabies since 2008.

While Wales have not enjoyed success against Australia over the last six years they have lost five of the nine tests within four points or less.

“It’s not a psychological barrier,” Warburton told the BBC.

“The first time I came into the squad was on the back of beating them in 2008, so you always have the belief.”

Twenty-six-year-old Warburton captained the 2013 British and Irish Lions to a successful series so he has tasted success against Australia.

The Cardiff Blues flanker says that the Wallabies have been the better team through Wales’ losing streak.

“You are not unlucky nine times in a row,” admitted Warburton.

“Australia have obviously been that smidge better than we have been over those nine fixtures.”

Wales are in the same Rugby World Cup pool as Australia and England so a victory this week will give Wales a massive pyshological boost.

“It is a massive opportunity for the squad,” said Warburton.

“It is coming to the time, which we have said year after year, with the World Cup on the horizon and the senior players in the group, that we really do have to get a win over one of these teams if we are to be considered one of the best in the world.

“That’s why I respect the England team of 2003. “

“When they had their autumn series they turned over all three of them (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) and sent a real message to world rugby.

“That’s what we have got to aspire to.”

Wales also face Fiji, rugby world champions New Zealand and South Africa in November.

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