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Kieran Read claims All Blacks will ease into their series with Wales

Kieran Read claims All Blacks will ease into their series with Wales

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Seta Tamanivalu.

It's a balancing act which Read, who has taken over from Richie McCaw as skipper, will feel the world champions will be capable of fulfilling, but he knows the excitement of playing at their fortress after a long build-up could create difficulties.

"The players are extremely motivated given the very poor record we've got against New Zealand and we are all desperate to change that".

Read agreed that there have been changes to the Wales game plan in recent times, with more flair being exhibited, but he noted that physical confrontation was still a key facet of their play.

In come Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Bradley Davies and Sam Warburton.

Warburton was sent off for an illegal tackle on Vincent Clerc in 2011 at Eden Park as France ended Wales' World Cup dream with a 9-8 semi-final defeat.

Not many fancy them to do so - and one bookmaker is pricing them at +20 in the handicap - but Gatland's team have a chink of light courtesy of their hosts losing a raft of legends.

The All Blacks are unbeaten at home in their last 38 Tests stretching back to 2009 and have lost only twice in their last 40 internationals.

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There's also a petition on change.org to recall Judge Persky, as of Thursday morning it has almost 827,000 signatures. Ramey declined to comment beyond his statement or make Owens available for an interview. "I was not there that night.

'It is a fantastic stadium and it is somewhere I would have loved to have played at when I was involved with the Welsh team, ' added Jenkins.

Wales assistant coach Jenkins singled out the counter-attacking skills of All Blacks full-back Ben Smith and wings Julian Savea and Waisake Naholo, saying Biggar, and Anscombe who will start off the bench, will have to be precise with their kicking game.

Yet, all we can do as fans is remain hopeful and optimistic that on the day our team will turn up ready to fight to the death and with a pinch of luck that the rub of the grass will go our way.

Hansen said this week that Wales were a "good side" that did not receive the merited credit, although a run of three victories in their past eight Tests would suggest they have become like a grand hotel of faded glory, in need of a modern decor.

"The back three that they've got will cause damage to most sides, so you've got to be accurate with your kicking, accurate with your kick-chase and you've got to make your tackles - it's as simple as that", he said.

"If we try and make things happen, it might not come off, so we will be smart".

'The game is never over for them and they keep showing why they are the best team in the world by coming and winning in the closing stages.

This time previous year we were just starting to prepare for the World Cup, but this is an opportunity to play the best in their own back yard'.

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