Wellington - Wales vowed on Wednesday to
play "bold" rugby in their last chance this series to notch an
elusive win against New Zealand, despite an ever-mounting injury toll in the
The Welsh said in-form prop Gethin Jenkins
(calf), lock Bradley Davies (knee) and flanker Josh Turnbull (shoulder) had all
been sent home ahead of the third Test on Saturday, following winger George
North's tour-ending hamstring injury earlier in the series.
However, in a rare piece of good news from
the team doctor, centre Jamie Roberts has passed concussion tests and is
available to play in Dunedin.
Assistant coach Robin McBryde said the
injuries would not change Wales' plans for a match expected to be played at a
high tempo under the roof of Forsyth Barr Stadium.
He said despite being 2-0 down, the
tourists would maintain the expansive style that had allowed them to challenge
the world champions for long periods in the first two games.
"We've been pretty bold and the
players have said they want to evolve and move the game on, so it's good to see
them embracing that," McBryde said.
"In the last game we were willing to
try different things and not everything came off, but we can't be scared of
He added: "When you fear change too
much you become paralysed."
Flyhalf Dan Biggar said Dunedin was the
tourists' final opportunity to end a 63-year losing streak against the All
Blacks dating back 28 matches to 1953.
He was convinced they could end the dismal
sequence by avoiding the mistakes and concentration lapses that marred
otherwise strong performances in Auckland and Wellington.
"We've shown how competitive we can
be, but the next step for us on Saturday is winning and holding out for an
80-minute performance," he said.
Biggar said Wales had improved their game
on tour and would be disappointed to leave New Zealand without a win, after
their 39-21 and 36-22 defeats so far.
"It's not about going down to Dunedin
to finish off our season and serenade the All Blacks and say how good they've
been," he said.
"It's about getting in amongst them
again and pushing them... one more push for beating New Zealand in New Zealand