Tuesday 10 December 2019

Wales victory over All Blacks would be greatest feat yet

Wales Dan Biggar feels victory is more than achievable against the All Blacks despite the weight of history stacked against them. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Wales Dan Biggar feels victory is more than achievable against the All Blacks despite the weight of history stacked against them. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Tom Cary

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar believes it would rank as the finest moment of any of the current squad's career if they can end 61 years of hurt and defeat New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium today.

Biggar, who returns to the starting line-up after missing last weekend's narrow victory over Fiji with a groin injury, said victory over the All Blacks for the first time since 1953 would outrank even Wales' recent grand slams in the Six Nations.

"Absolutely," said the Ospreys man. "It's been a long time not to beat the All Blacks and we have everything in ourselves to do it. It would be probably the best moment in any of our careers to pull off a win against maybe the best rugby side ever to play the game.

"You look at their record since the World Cup. For us to win it would be the best day in our rugby careers. It is a huge challenge and one we are looking forward to."

Biggar's half-back partner, Rhys Webb, said earlier this week he felt the All Blacks were "there for the taking" after losing to South Africa last month and stuttering to victory over Scotland last weekend.

Biggar also feels victory is more than achievable despite the weight of history - Wales have lost 25 successive tests against New Zealand - stacked against them.

"A massive thing was that Scotland didn't give New Zealand much time to settle into a rhythm," he said. "I know New Zealand made a lot of changes for that game, but it was impressive the way Scotland really got stuck into them and were there or thereabouts with 10 minutes to go.

"We have to try to go down a similar road. We have to make sure we don't give them early field position and chances to put points on the board." (© The Daily Telegraph)

Wales - Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (captain), Dan Lydiate, Alun Wyn Jones, Jake Ball, Samson Lee, Richard Hibbard, Paul James. Scott Baldwin, Nicky Smith, Rhodri Jones, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Mike Phillips, James Hook, Liam Williams.

New Zealand - Ben Smith, Charles Piutau, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty.

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