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All Blacks 'easily the best': Jenkins

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/11/2016 Andrew Baldock
Wales skill coach Neil Jenkins. © Reuters / Henry Browne Wales skill coach Neil Jenkins.

Neil Jenkins has rallied world rugby's leading nations to close the gap on New Zealand - a task he accepts is no easy feat.

Jenkins, Wales skills coach and his country's record Test match points-scorer, believes New Zealand are currently the world's top team in any sport.

While the All Blacks do not feature on Wales' schedule this month, Wales face the three teams recently left in their wake during a one-sided Rugby Championship that saw New Zealand crowned winners by a landslide 17 points.

The All Blacks backed up last year's World Cup triumph and their long-standing number one global ranking by claiming six successive bonus-point wins.

Part of their world record 18-Test winning run included a 3-0 Test series triumph at home to Wales in June.

"I thought we played pretty well in the first and second Tests against New Zealand and had opportunities in both games, to a point," he said.

"But it is just how good they are.

"They are ridiculous at this moment in time - easily the best team on the planet in any sport. Whenever they play a Test match, they seem to get the job done."

Jenkins says the All Blacks have raised the bar to a point every leading international team should try to reach.

"That's what the rest of us have to get to and try to overtake. They are incredibly good, and the standard for today's game. It's a gap we have to close."

Wales face Australia in Cardiff on Saturday while the All Blacks pay Ireland in Chicago.

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