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Bennett out to bag Welsh bronze finish

HUW Bennett says Wales will relish the prospect of tackling Australia in tomorrow's World Cup bronze medal match at Eden Park.

Wales bring the curtain down on their memorable World Cup campaign after a difficult week when they lost by a point to semi-final opponents France and had captain Sam Warburton sent off.

The third-place play-off is a game neither team wanted to be involved in, but hooker Bennett is determined that Wales should bow out on a high.

"It is a big test of character for us," he said.

"It was a devastating blow to miss out on the final, but we have to move on and enjoy ourselves. We cannot dwell on France.


"We are involved in a play-off, and if you cannot get up for that then you are in the wrong job."

Wing George North, meanwhile, has vowed that Wales intend to "have a crack" against the Wallabies.

Wales will be without suspended skipper Warburton -- prop Gethin Jenkins leads the team in his absence -- but Gatland has retained 12 of the side that started against France.

"This is a young group of guys, and the way we are playing we are just enjoying our rugby," said 19-year-old North.

Pocock in race for IRB gong

The International Rugby Board have announced the six-man shortlist for the IRB Player of the Year 2011 award, with the winner to be announced in Auckland on Monday.

Four of the contenders will be taking part in the World Cup final at Eden Park on Sunday - France captain Thierry Dusautoir and the New Zealand trio of scrum-half Piri Weepu, flanker Jerome Kaino and centre Ma'a Nonu.

The other two nominees are Australia's flanker David Pocock and scrum-half Will Genia, who will both play against Wales in tomorrow's bronze final.

Pocock has been nominated for the second year in a row, having missed out to All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in 2010.

There was no place among the nominees for Leinster and Ireland's European Player of the Year, Sean O'Brien.