Shaun Edwards is pleased to have Jonathan Davies back in training
Shaun Edwards admits the potential return to action of Jonathan Davies could provide Wales with a major boost.
The centre has missed Wales' defeats at the hands of Argentina and Samoa due to a groin injury but will return to full training this week.
Wales face New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday and Edwards believes Davies can enhance their chances.
"He's key to our defensive system," said Edwards.
"You always miss your top players and we hope he comes through. It will also be great to have another centre to pick from.
"Ashley Beck scored a great try but you always want your most experienced players available, especially for the ultimate Test which is against the All Blacks."
Warren Gatland will also return to the helm of the Wales management team for the final two Dove Men Series Tests against New Zealand and Australia.
And Edwards admits the presence of Gatland could also help Wales get their disappointing autumn campaign back on track.
"I'm sure Warren coming back will lift the spirits," said Edwards.
"We've been a strong coaching team over the last five years.
"I expect him to be his normal self, he's the gaffa and will give us some words of wisdom. As Saturday gets closer I'm sure he'll become more and more involved."
Following Wales' consecutive shock defeats the All Blacks provide an even more daunting prospect than usual.
Edwards admits his players are under pressure to perform but he insists they have the ability to restore pride.
"For the players the pressure is on," added the Wales defence coach.
"They know if they don't perform it could get embarrassing against the All Blacks.
"If you're slow getting in position, don't keep your defence structure and don't get enough possession you will be punished.
"The All Blacks are probably in better form now than when they were going into the World Cup final because they have a settled team and not as many injuries as back then.
"But in Australia we showed how well we can compete against the southern hemisphere sides. Yes we lost all three but when you look at Wales' record down under they are the closet games we've had in the southern hemisphere."
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.