Wales v Australia: Result 'won't affect' World Cup - Cheika

Australia coach Michael Cheika
Australian coach Michael Cheika was previously in charge of Waratahs and Leinster
Autumn international: Wales v Australia
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 8 November 2014 Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, HD, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV

Australia coach Michael Cheika says Saturday's result against Wales will have no bearing on their match at the 2015 World Cup.

Both teams are in the same pool as England for the tournament and clash on 10 October at Twickenham.

Cheika say there will be no World Cup advantage for whoever wins Saturday's autumn Test in Cardiff.

"I've never seen a game of rugby that has an influence on another game of rugby in 12 months' time," said Cheika.

Australia's winning streak against Wales will be "irrelevant" when they meet on Saturday says Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

"Everything can change. The marker that you need to put down there is just in relation to this battle, Australia and Wales on Saturday. That's it."

Cheika also says the Wallabies' nine-Test winning streak against the Welsh will be "irrelevant" as Wales' November series kicks off at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales last defeated Australia in November 2008, losing the nine Tests against them since, five of which were by four points or fewer.

Australia, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back after a disappointing campaign in the Rugby Championship.

The Wallabies lost to Argentina and coach Ewen McKenzie resigned following the 28-29 defeat by New Zealand last month.

Cheika has made two changes from the side that lost to a last-minute try to the All Blacks.

Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon makes his international debut, replacing an injured Scott Fardy, with number eight Ben McCalman taking over from Scott Higginbotham.

Australia northern hemisphere Tests
1 November Barbarians, Twickenham 40-36 W8 November Wales, Millennium Stadium
15 November France, Stade de France22 November Ireland, Aviva Stadium
29 November England, Twickenham

Star half-backs Quade Cooper and Will Genia are on bench duty after starting last Saturday's 40-36 win against the Barbarians at Twickenham. That was Cheika's first match in charge.

"I've been really pleased with the attitude and commitment of the team and by how they have embraced a new environment and way of doing things," said Cheika.

"It is going to be up to us to deliver a clear picture of what we are about on Saturday.

"I am a novice at this level. It is the same as when I went back to Super Rugby from the northern hemisphere, and you wonder whether it is going to work.

"I have seen a good uptake in the lads in training. They are interested in the different detail in the game and they have enjoyed it.

"Every day you can add a little bit extra of your style. There is no time-frame on it."

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