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Great Britain see rugby sevens gold medal hopes dashed by New Zealand

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Wales' Jasmine Joyce and her GB team mates saw their gold medal hopes in the women's rugby sevens tournament dashed by a rampant New Zealand at Deodoro Stadium.

The New Zealanders' star player Portia Woodman led the way with a hat-trick of tries as semi-final opponents Britain were sunk 25-7.

The team will now play Canada in the bronze medal match later on Monday.

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


Jenkins, Davies and Turnbull fly home from New Zealand

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Gethin Jenkins and Bradley Davies have been ruled out of Wales' third Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday.

The two players have flown home with Josh Turnbull after both picking up injuries in the 36-22 second Test defeat against the All Blacks last weekend.

Turnbull suffered his problem in last week's loss to the Chiefs. Loosehead prop Jenkins suffered a calf injury in the warm-up in Wellington but played the majority of the game.

Lock Davies suffered a knee injury after coming on as a second-half replacement for Luke Charteris. Wales name their team for the third Test on Thursday morning.

Roberts hopes to be passed fit for third test

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Wales centre Jamie Roberts is hoping he will complete his return-to-play protocols in time to line-up against New Zealand in Saturday's third Test in Dunedin.

The Harlequins star was hurt in a clash of heads with opposite number Malakai Fekitoa 30 seconds into the second Test defeat in Wellington on Saturday.

Both players were cut, but Roberts managed to play on to the 78th minute while Fekitoa was replaced at the start of the second half. Roberts could earn his 83rd Welsh cap at the weekend,

I had a few stitches. It was a nasty knock but I'm feeling alright. My head has taken quite a few knocks over the past decade.

I got to know Fekitoa quite well 30 seconds into the game and the rest of the game is a bit of a blur. I remember having a clash of heads with Ireland lock Donncha O'Callaghan in Wellington in the World Cup quarter-final in 2011. My head is a weird shape now.

There is a protocol to follow after a head knock and I am doing that this week. Fingers crossed I will be alright for selection."

– Jamie Roberts, Wales centre

Wales lose out to All Blacks in New Zealand

Wales lost out to New Zealand this morning in Wellington, with a final score of 36-22 to the All Blacks.

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Despite an impressive try in the 38th minute by Alun Wyn Jones and a half time score of 10-10, the All Blacks dominated the second half.

They now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

On Twitter, George North said the match was 'tough'.


Wales make two changes for the second test in New Zealand

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has made two changes to his side for the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday and moved full-back Liam Williams to the wing.

Williams, one of the stars of the Welsh performance in the 39-21 first-Test defeat in Auckland last weekend, takes over the jersey vacated by the injured George North. Replacement Rhys Patchell is given the full-back berth.

Up front, midweek skipper Luke Charteris is recalled to the second row in place of Bradley Davies, who drops to the bench. Jake Ball is not included in the match day 23.

It is important we go out on Saturday with the confidence to play for 80 minutes in what will be another huge Test match.

We kept the ball and played well for periods of the first test and we need to convert that to the full 80. It will be another huge occasion in a packed-out stadium in Wellington and we are determined to build on our first-Test performance.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

Full time: Chiefs 40-7 Wales

Kristian Dacey scored Wales' only try Credit: PA

Wales have suffered another heavy defeat while on their summer tour of New Zealand.

The team lost their second game of the tour to Chiefs in Hamilton.

The Chiefs out scored Wales six tries to one during the match. Brad Weber, Tom Sanders, Dominic Bird, James Lowe, Toni Pulu and Sam McNicol scored for the Super Rugby side. Meanwhile, it was Kristian Dacey that scored Wales' only try.

The Wales Squad have another two games left to play in New Zealand.

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