Reigning Six Nations champions Wales will begin their 36th Test against the All Blacks in far less than ideal circumstances, thanks to the first of four matches in Cardiff taking place outside of World Rugby’s sanctioned international window.
A combination of injuries and players not being released from club duty has left a list of up to 15 unavailable members of their 38-man squad for the autumn.
Courtesy of some clashes with Tier Two nations throughout the year, New Zealand are averaging a massive 52 points per game in 2021 and conceding just 16 in return.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
Lock Will Rowlands was one of two Welsh players to score tries in two of their three Tests in the July window, whilst New Zealand’s Will Jordan has now recorded a try in seven of their 11 matches in 2021.
New Zealand have not lost any of their last 25 Tests when scoring the opening try (W23, D2).
All Blacks by 17 points
15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Wyn Jones
Substitutes: 16 Kirby Myhill, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Seb Davies, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Ben Thomas.
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 9 Ardie Savea, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Sevu Reece
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