‘Wales have no fear’

CARDIFF – Warren Gatland says the fear that once gripped Welsh sides when facing New Zealand will not be there at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow when his side aim to end a 64-year wait for success against the All Blacks.

Wales are on a 29-game losing run against New Zealand and were well beaten in all three tests they played away against the world champions last year.

But coach Gatland says the success of the British & Irish Lions in June, when they drew the three-match series with one win each and a tie against New Zealand with a strong contingent of Welsh players, should fill his team with confidence. Even if the likes of Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Taulupe Faletau and Sam Warburton will all be missing through injury.

“We have got a group of players who have had success, albeit in a different jersey,” Gatland told reporters on Thursday.

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