Wales will face New Zealand at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday 30th October. This will be the first of four autumn internationals to be played by Wales in 2021.
In their most recent encounter, Wales lost 40-17 to the All Blacks during the Bronze Final at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Overall, All Blacks vs Welsh Rugby have played each other on 35 occasions since their first meeting in 1905. The All Blacks have won 32 matches, whilst Wales have won just three matches.
Wales prop Tomas Francis says there’s a belief that they can beat New Zealand – rubbishing any claim that there’s a mental block when it comes to facing the All Blacks.
Wales haven’t beaten the New Zealand since 1953 – losing 31 consecutive clashes with the southern hemisphere giants.
Unsurprisingly, that has led many over the years – including former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips most recently – to muse whether Wales are already beaten before they step onto the pitch, such is the way the All Blacks are built up as an unbeatable opponent.
But when asked if there was a psychological barrier against New Zealand, Ospreys tight-head Francis said: “No, I don’t think so.
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