Zac Guildford goes through his paces at an All Blacks training session.
Graham Henry's New Zealand side are fiercely determined to preserve their unbeaten streak against Wales at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow in the opening encounter in this autumn's Invesco Perpetual Series.
It's been 56 years and 20 Tests since Wales lowered the colours of the mighty All Blacks and none of the current side are going to relinquish that record without a fight. Former Wales coach Steve Hansen and now All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen insists the players can handle the pressure as Wales looks to break the hoodoo.
"They've got a lot of experience. It's no different to a drought, there's always one day closer to it raining. One day they will win, let's hope it's not this weekend," he said.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is expecting Wales to throw the kitchen sink at his side.
"They come out with a lot of passion and they hoe into things. I can't see that being too different this time," he said.
"They had us under a bit of pressure (last year) but you always believe if you get hold of the ball and get at the right end of the field you can put pressure back on them."
Warren Gatland's side led 9-6 at the interval last year, but the All Blacks proved unstoppable in the second half with 23 unanswered points, including five pointers for Jerome Kaino and Ma'a Nonu. Tomorrow's side will see 12 survivors from the Welsh side from that game while the All Blacks have seven returning hoping to add more hurt to the Welsh side.
And if the Welsh side think the All Blacks are there for the taking, having lost four internationals this year, then they could be in for a nasty surprise.
As Kieran Read said: "We know the All Blacks haven't lost for over 50 years and you don't want to be part of that team that loses," he said.
Wales: James Hook (Ospreys); Leigh Halfpenny, Tom Shanklin, Jamie Roberts (all Cardiff Blues), Shane Williams (Ospreys); Stephen Jones (Scarlets), Gareth Cooper; Gethin Jenkins (both Blues), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Paul James, Alun-Wyn Jones (both Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), Andy Powell, Martyn Williams (both Blues), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt).
Replacements: Huw Bennett, Duncan Jones (both Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Blues), Dafydd Jones, Martin Roberts, Jonathan Davies (all Scarlets), Tom James (Blues).
New Zealand: Mils Muliaina (Waikato Chiefs); Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Zac Guildford (all Wellington Hurricanes); Dan Carter (Canterbury Crusaders), Brendon Leonard (Waikato Chiefs); Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury Crusaders), Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata (both Wellington Hurricanes), Brad Thorn (Canterbury Crusaders), Jason Eaton (Wellington Hurricanes), Jerome Kaino (Auckland Blues), Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read (both Canterbury Crusaders).
Replacements: Corey Flynn, Owen Franks (both Canterbury Crusaders), Tom Donnelly, Adam Thomson, Jimmy Cowan (all Otago Highlanders), Stephen Donald (Waikato Chiefs), Ben Smith (Otago Highlanders).
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.