Preview: All Blacks vs Wales

All Blacks VS Wales in 2014. Photo: Supplied
All Blacks VS Wales in 2014. Photo: Supplied
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This Saturday marks the beginning of the All Blacks’ 2016 campaign when they compete at Eden Park against the Welsh.

This will be the first match out of three for the Wales Union tour of New Zealand.

These two nations have played a total of 30 matches, with the All Blacks winning 90 percent of encounters between them. However, Wales Assistant Coach, Rob Howley, believes his team could be the key to knocking down the All Blacks’ 63-year winning streak.

“We are here to try and change history and what’s gone before us, that’s our goal,” said Howley.

“Skill set under pressure is vital in the modern game and we are continually working on it,” he said. “It’s about speed and mindset. It takes time, but it’s something which we are very mindful of.”

Both teams have announced their 2016 squad line up including six players making their All Black debut. The question is, can the Welsh defeat the mighty All Blacks this weekend?

According to ex Kiwi-born Wales Coach, Warren Gatland, he has trust on his side to have an opportunity to defeat the 2015 Rugby World Cup champions.

“We know how dangerous they are, but like every team when you put them under pressure hopefully there is some small hint of vulnerability,” said Gatland.

Gatland is referring to the 2014 match which was the last time the two nations versed each other and was regarded as a tight, thrilling match.

2014 All Blacks VS Wales Highlights Video:

The two teams will start their opening match this Saturday at Eden Park with kick off at 7.35 pm. Followed by the second match in Wellington on June 18 and the final match in Dunedin on June 25.

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