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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.

Sam Warburton replaces Ellis Jenkins in Wales v Chiefs

Sam Warburton will replace Ellis Jenkins Credit: PA

Sam Warburton will replace Ellis Jenkins in their game against Chiefs today.

Jenkins will miss the match due to a tight thigh and Warburton comes straight into the starting fifteen.

There is also one change on the bench with Taulupe Faletau replacing Ross Moriarty.

Luke Charteris will still captain the side.

Kick off is at 7.35am British time


Warburton urges Wales to be brave against New Zealand.

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Sam Warburton will give his players a simple message when they attempt to turn back the clock against world champions New Zealand in Saturday's first Test - who dares, wins.

The Welsh skipper, fit to return to action in Auckland after a six-week stint on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, wants his team to be bold as they attempt to become the first team since France in 1994 to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park.

If they can do that it would be one of the biggest upsets in the game's recent history and would end a 63-year wait for a fourth win over New Zealand.

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

We will be a hugely motivated group on Saturday. We are going to have to take a few risks and we can't afford to be conservative and expect to win.

The thing with New Zealand is you're only ever one mistake away from conceding seven points and two from 14 points - the scoreboard can change within the click of your fingers.

Being able to concentrate for the full 80 is very important. You have to take risks - he who dares, wins

– Sam Warburton, Wales Captain

Warburton returns to captain Wales for New Zealand clash

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Sam Warburton has recovered from a shoulder injury to captain Wales for their first test against New Zealand.

Wales have made five changes from their last outing.

Alun Wyn Jones is to start, earning his 100th cap, and Scott Williams makes way for Jonathan Davies in the centre.

Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Bradley Davies also earn call ups back into the starting XV.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins is named among the replacements after being rushed into the squad after Dan Lydiate's shoulder injury.

Wales team to face New Zealand on Saturday:

L Williams (Scarlets), G North (Northampton), J Davies (Clermont), J Roberts (Harlequins), H Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys), G Jenkins (Cardiff), K Owens (Scarlets), S Lee (Scarlets), B Davies (Wasps), A Wyn Jones (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester), S Warburton (Cardiff, CAPT), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: S Baldwin (Ospreys), R Evans (Ospreys), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), E Jenkins (Cardiff), G Davies (Scarlets), G Anscombe (Cardiff), S Williams (Scarlets).

New Zealand name experienced squad for Wales test

Kieran Read will captain the All Blacks in his 85th test Credit: PA

Ardie Savea and Seta Tamanivalu are in line for their New Zealand debuts after being named in the matchday squad to face Wales.

The world champions will play the opening Test of the Steinlager Series against Wales at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Head coach Steve Hansen has named a squad boasting 720 caps but loose forward Savea and midfielder Tamanivalu are the new blood for the All Blacks from the bench.

Whilst the opposition might believe that we're vulnerable because it's our first Test and we have lost some experienced players, we don't have that mindset.

We have some very excited players who have trained well during the week and are getting the opportunity to make a statement about who they are and what the All Blacks jersey means to them.

We're well aware that this is a good Welsh team and not one that we'll underestimate and we're looking forward to the challenge that comes with playing Test match football, which involves high-pressure moments and huge physicality.

– Steven Hansen, New Zealand head coach

New Zealand starting XV: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

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

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