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Rhys Priestland does not expect to retain number 10 shirt for All Blacks clash

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Rhys Priestland feels that it will be "a big surprise" if he is involved in Wales' clash against world champions New Zealand next Saturday.

Priestland, though, could not have done a lot more as a shining light of Wales' gloomy display in beating Six Nations wannabes Georgia 13-6.

The All Blacks have beaten Wales 29 times in succession and are undefeated against them since December 1953.

Gatland will be widely expected to recall Dan Biggar in the number 10 shirt, plus stars like full-back Leigh Halfpenny, lock Alun Wyn Jones and number eight Taulupe Faletau as Wales face what will be a Herculean task.

It will be a big surprise if I am involved... I am not too sure how much of a bearing this game (Georgia) will have... There were a lot of changes for this game, and there will be a lot of changes again.

We have been in this situation before when we have perhaps under-performed in the game against a tier two nation and everyone is doom and gloom.

And then, changes happen and the boys up their game, because if you don't up your game against the All Blacks it is going to be a very tough day at the office. I don't think this will have much of a bearing... to be honest.

– Rhys Priestland, Wales International


Chris Coleman to leave Wales for Sunderland

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Chris Coleman has resigned as Wales manager and is set to take over at Sunderland.

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson's successor within the coming hours.

Coleman was in charge for the 49th time as Panama's stoppage-time equaliser denied Wales victory in a 1-1 draw in Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Talks over Coleman's future as Wales manager have been ongoing, with his contract due to finish at the end of the month.

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