posted at 01:50
Author Name: Luke Phillips
All Blacks in quest to continue Wales domination
Of the 29 matches between the two sides, New Zealand have won 26, their two other losses to Wales coming in 1935 and 1905, racking up 882 points against 291 for the Welsh. "There's a lot of history between the two teams," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, a former coach of Wales between 2002-4. The game against Wales, Hansen added, was "The most important game of the year because it's the next one", expecting "Our team to play very well and the Welsh to come and be very passionate and very physical". "They obviously have a lot of self-belief and when a team's like that you expect them to play well. Saturday will tell us if we're there for the taking." "Every time we go out to play, we know we have to be at our best because the teams we're playing are getting up to play us, regardless of who they are and what their previous form is." For Wales, Warren Gatland has brought back centre Jonathan Davies after a shoulder injury in a side showing nine changes from the team that struggled to see off Fiji 17-13 last weekend. Davies, who has been out of action for three weeks, resumes his centre partnership with Jamie Roberts, in the only personnel change to the team beaten 33-28 by Australia in Cardiff a fortnight ago. "The players are obviously excited about the opportunity to face the number one side at a packed Millennium Stadium. We have named an experienced team and we are really looking forward to it."

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