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Australia winger Adam Ashley-Cooper Wales tries to hold off a challenge from Wales's George North during their clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Australia winger Adam Ashley-Cooper Wales tries to hold off a challenge from Wales's George North during their clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Wales captain Sam Warburton makes a break for the Australia line during their clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton makes a break for the Australia line during their clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Tevita Kuidrani dives over to score Australia's third try during their clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Tevita Kuidrani dives over to score Australia's third try during their clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Australia winger Adam Ashley-Cooper Wales tries to hold off a challenge from Wales's George North during their clash at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

James Hook's unlikely bid for a place in the World Cup is set to be enhanced this week with a recall to the Wales squad to face Fiji on Saturday.

Head coach Warren Gatland will call up a third fly-half following a groin injury to Dan Biggar that threatens to end the Ospreys man's autumn campaign after less than 50 minutes on the field.

If the worst fears are confirmed later today, then Rhys Priestland, who replaced Biggar on Saturday, is likely to be wrapped in cotton wool ahead of facing the All Blacks on November 22.

With Cardiff's Rhys Patchell injured, and summer tourist Matthew Morgan now playing in England's second tier with Bristol, it looks likely the 76-cap Hook will get another chance.

The 29-year-old Gloucester man deeply divides opinion with Wales.

A naturally gifted ball-player and goal-kicker, his 'off-the-cuff' approach is clearly too much for Gatland to bear and has started just twice - against Barbarians and Tonga - since the last World Cup in 2011.

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny will be rested against Fiji to recover from a blow to the head suffered in the build-up to Australia's third try, to safeguard his place against New Zealand.

Whether Wales are in a good position to take on the All Blacks following their 25th defeat to a southern hemisphere side under Gatland depends on whether the glass was half-empty or half-full as Cardiff witnessed yet another anti-climax.

For only the third time in their history, Wales scored four tries in a Test against a southern hemisphere team, yet it was still not enough to strike a psychological blow against their opponents in next year's tournament, though Wales insist they can improve.

Twice Wales let the lead slip after Rhys Webb scampered over inside three minutes and then, more tellingly, after Adam Jones' prodigy Samson Lee anchored a scrum that earned a penalty try 15 minutes from time.

In between those tries, George North handed Alex Cuthbert an easy finish and the hard running of Jamie Roberts and Sam Warburton put Jones in range. But three glaring errors allowed Israel Folau, twice, and Tevita Kuidrani to respond. (© Independent News Service)

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