Wales are hopefully heading for a crescendo when they host "red-letter" World Cup champions New Zealand on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that he has every confidence in Beauden Barrett's ability to dictate matters at the Millenium Stadium.
Senior All Blacks publicly backed Samoa's players over a dispute with the SRU and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Richie McCaw will become the first player to captain the All Blacks in 100 Tests when he leads New Zealand against Wales on Saturday.
Native New Zealander turned Wales coach Warren Gatland said no-one would be prouder if his side ended their 61-year losing streak against the All Blacks.
Sonny Bill Williams has a reputation as a serial code-hopper, who also dabbles in boxing. However, it appears his first love remains the All Blacks.
INTERVIEW: Wales's George North is in no doubt of the challenge posed by New Zealand's "exceptional" Julian Savea this weekend.
New Zealand will be without forward Victor Vito for the final match of their Northern Hemisphere tour after he returned home through injury.
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