In case you haven’t heard…
Wales take on New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland at 8:35am, looking to break a cycle of 26 games, and 63 years, without tasting victory. I have to say, I’ve read these statistics in virtually every preview of this weekend’s test match, but I’m not really a big fan of statistics. Sport can have little respect for history and statistics.
After a comprehensive thumping from England in their last run-out, Gatland’s men have several key figures returning. Warburton returns to lead Wales, with powerhouse lock Bradley Davies joining Alun Wyn Jones in the engine room. This will be Jones’ 100th Wales cap, and no more than he deserves, given his reputation of one of the most committed and uncompromising players in the Northen Hemisphere. I am excited by the inclusion of Hallam Amos on the wing, as the lightening-fast winger perhaps arrives under the radar, with many pundits looking at the potentially explosive battle between George North and the magnificent Julian Savea. I hope Amos produces a little magic on Saturday.
I also wanted to send good luck and best wishes to the Wales football team, who make their first ever appearance at the Euros in France tomorrow, against Slovakia. One day, one nation, two potentially historic games. I am immensely proud to see Wales having qualified for the finals, and here’s hoping we can progress even further.
Finally, a big shout out to all my mates who are heading out to France (via Barcelona) to join the party! Have a good one boys!
Come on Wales!