Wales v New Zealand: We can beat the world champions – Warburton

Wales v New Zealand: Sam Warburton believes Rob Howley's side can beat the world champions despite a five-game losing run

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Sam Warburton captained Wales to Six Nations glory in 2012 Photo: Sum_of_Marc, via flickr

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Sam Warburton believes Wales can beat world champions New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium next Saturday despite successive losses to Argentina and Samoa.

The 23-year-old, who was a 71st-minute replacement for Ryan Jones in the 26-19 loss to Samoa on Friday, is confident the Six Nations champions can win despite failing to beat the All Backs since 1953.

Wales have lost their last five matches, but Warburton reckons his team-mates now have nothing to lose heading into the New Zealand Test as underdogs.

“There is every chance we can win next Saturday – I definitely believe that. You have to believe that in every game you go into,” he said.

“But whether people think that is realistic or not is up to them.

“If I was a fan in the stand, I would be gutted that Wales had lost their last five games, and the players are exactly the same. We want Wales to do well as much as anybody else, so the players will feel that.”

He added: “I guess there is no pressure on us now because nobody will expect anything next Saturday.

“We are going to see who turns up on the day. That is sport, that is why there are underdogs, and underdogs can beat the favourites.”

Wales centre Jonathan Davies, who has been carrying a groin problem, is expected to take a full part in training this week as Howley’s squad prepare for the All Blacks clash.

Scarlet star Matthew Rees is also expected to fit for training after missing the Samoa defeat with a calf problem, but Richard Hibbard is a doubt for the remainder of the series due to a shoulder injury.

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