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).
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.