Rugby

Priestland not expecting All Black selection

2017-11-20 13:13
Rhys Priestland (AFP)

Cape Town - Wales pivot Rhys Priestland admitted it would be a "big surprise" for him to be involved in Wales' match against world champions New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday.

The Bath playmaker kicked two penalties and a conversion in his first Test start since the 2015 World Cup in the 13-6 win over Georgia at the weekend.

However, he was one of 14 changes made by head coach Warren Gatland for the game and as many changes may be made for the All Blacks Test.

Dan Biggar may return at flyhalf, as well as other stars such as Leigh Halfpenny, Alun Wyn Jones and Taulupe Faletau.

"We will wait and see, I won't hold my breath," Priestland told SkySports when asked about his potential involvement in the All Blacks Test.

"It will be a big surprise if I am involved next week.

"I am not too sure how much of a bearing this game (Georgia) will have on next week. There were a lot of changes for this game, and there will be a lot of changes again.

"We have been in this situation before when we have perhaps under-performed in the game against a tier two nation and everyone is doom and gloom.

"And then, changes happen and the boys up their game, because if you don't up your game against the All Blacks it is going to be a very tough day at the office."

New Zealand have beaten Wales 29 times in succession and have not lost to them since December 1953.

Priestland says big improvements are needed after struggling with Georgia's heavyweight pack whose scrummaging superiority really hurt the Welsh.

"We knew what they were coming to do. It is very disappointing that we let them dictate the game that way," he added.

"I am obviously pleased to be back here. I wish it had been a little bit different feeling afterwards."

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