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Wales fall to crushing defeat in final All Blacks test

Wales have fallen to a comprehensive defeat to the All Blacks in the third and final test match in New Zealand.

Warren Gatland's side have lost all four games in New Zealand. Credit: PA

Warren Gatland's side lost 46-6 in Dunedin, to conclude a 3-0 series loss.

Two early Dan Biggar penalties did see Wales in the lead up to the mid-way point of the first half, but a try from George Moala and the kicking ability of Beauden Barrett meant New Zealand wrapped up the first period 18-6 in front.

If the first 40 minutes were close, the second half saw New Zealand run riot - two early tries from Beauden Barrett, followed by two more from Dan Coles and Israel Dagg right at the end, highlighted the All Blacks' domination.



Euro 2016: Wales fans urged to drink responsibly

Emergency service workers are again urging football fans to drink responsibly, as Wales prepare to play in the last-16 of the Euros on Saturday.

Ambulance crews say they are prepared for any additional demand that might arise as a result of people overdoing it.

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We are not killjoys and we want everyone to be able to enjoy supporting Wales safely.

If you are supporting Wales on Saturday please enjoy yourself responsibly.

One way of doing this is to alternate alcoholic drinks with either water or a soft drink and to keep a track of how much you’ve consumed.

Also make sure you plan how you are getting home and look after your mates.

– Richard Lee, Welsh Ambulance Service

Free entry to Cadw sites to celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 campaign

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The Welsh Government is opening the doors, free of charge, to all of its directly-managed Cadw sites on Sunday 26 June to mark Wales’ historic achievement at reaching the Final 16 in the European 2016 Football Championship.

We entered this competition with a real feeling that qualification was just the start for this group of players and we were right.

From fan behaviour to Wales’ performance on the pitch, this tournament has captured the hearts and minds of this country and really helped to showcase to the rest of the world what Wales is truly capable of.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy and Infrastructur Secretary

Chris Coleman anticipating tough Paris showdown with Northern Ireland

Wales manager Chris Coleman expects to face a resilient Northern Ireland in their Battle of Britain at Euro 2016.

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The pair were thrown together for a last 16 tie when the Republic of Ireland pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over Italy to reach the same stage of the competition.

Robbie Brady's late header changed the dynamics of the second round draw as Turkey, who had been expected to play Group B winners Wales, were eliminated.

Northern Ireland, one of the four best third-placed teams, had been lined up to play against hosts France, but instead will now provide opposition for Wales at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Saturday evening.

Northern Ireland are more physical than Turkey. They get the ball forward quicker. That's where their strength is. They are superbly organised and defensively so difficult to break down. They are excellent from set plays.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

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Gatland: Wales must cut out errors to beat New Zealand

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Warren Gatland believes the mistakes that have cost Wales so dearly in the first two Tests against world champions New Zealand can be easily rectified in Dunedin this weekend for the final game of the series.

Wales conceded three tries and 21 points in the final 15 minutes in Auckland and then shipped four tries and 26 points in 15 minutes in Wellington as they lost the series. But as well as conceding 10 tries over the two games to date, they have also scored five of their own.

Head coach Gatland wants his players to make one final push in a bid to end a run of 28 consecutive defeats against New Zealand over the past 63 years.

It's all about staying in the match. In both games to date we have seemed to switch off for five or 10 minutes and that has been hugely costly for us.

Those 10 minutes last weekend in Wellington when they scored three tries were very costly. The players have been hard on themselves and been pretty honest in identifying where we let ourselves down with mistakes.

Last Saturday the guys felt pretty good at half-time at 10-10, but about 10 minutes later New Zealand were scoring three tries. So, from a starting point of view, there are some real positives, but we must stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to make sure we are accurate all game

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach
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