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Wales turns attention to Six Nations rugby

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

LONDON - Toby Faletau has underlined Wales' desire to make history in this season's Six Nations championship.

Wales brought the curtain down on their autumn campaign by suffering another defeat — an 18th in succession — against major southern hemisphere opposition as Millennium Stadium visitors Australia toppled them 30-26.

With South Africa succeeding in Cardiff three weeks ago, Faletau and company are left to reflect on only a 50 per cent winning November return through triumphs against Argentina and Tonga.

Attention, though, will now switch to Six Nations business, when Wales can target a title hat-trick and potentially achieve what no team has managed in the tournament's 13-year history.

"We have to look forward now and concentrate on the Six Nations," Wales number eight Faletau said.

"We have to look ahead to what is in front of us and try to defend our title.

"I don't think there has been a team to win three Six Nations titles in a row, and that is what we have to target.

"That is a motivation as we try to make history, so if you can't get up for that then you shouldn't be playing."

Australia once again left their calling card at the Millennium Stadium, scoring tries though Israel Folau, Christian Leali'ifano and Joe Tomane to fire a shot across Wales' bows building towards a 2015 World Cup pool meeting.

It was the Wallabies' ninth successive victory against Wales, and Faletau added: "It was a tough game, a really fast match.

"They have a really good back-line, and you could just see what they did out there. They can strike from anywhere."