Wales a good chance to break All Blacks drought - Greenwood

Wales coach Warren Gatland. Photo / Getty
Wales coach Warren Gatland. Photo / Getty

Former England centre Will Greenwood says Wales are a good chance to finally break their losing streak against the All Blacks when the two sides face off in a three-test series in June.

Writing a column of 2016 predictions for the Telegraph, Greenwood said Welsh players will be looking to impress ahead of next year's British and Irish Lions tour.

"Eight years ago I bet my mate Simon Price that Wales wouldn't beat New Zealand before I turned 60 and I'm actually quite nervous about this three-test series," wrote Greenwood, who turns 44 this year.

"New Zealand have said goodbye to a couple of hundred-cappers. Surely they can't hit the ground running and be as good as they were at the Rugby World Cup? Can they? Warren Gatland and Wales' players will be looking to lay down a marker ahead of the 2017 Lions trip."

Wales haven't beaten the All Blacks since 1953, losing the last 26 clashes against the World Champions. The closest they have come to breaking that drought was a 26-25 defeat in 2004.

The last time they toured New Zealand in 2010 the Welsh were soundly beaten in both encounters.

The three test series begins at Eden Park on June 11, a venue the All Blacks haven't lost at since 1994. Wellington and Dunedin host the second and third tests respectively.

Greenwood also predicts that Argentina will be the team to watch in the Rugby Championship with the new Super Rugby franchise, the Jaguares, giving their players more time to play together.

- NZ Herald

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