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Attitude key against All Blacks: Williams

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/05/2016 Andrew Baldock

Centre Scott Williams says Wales must set the bar high when they tackle world rugby's toughest assignment.

The Welsh squad headed to New Zealand on Monday, where the world champion All Blacks await a three-Test series in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

Wales haven't beaten New Zealand since 1953, losing 26 successive Tests, while their away record in the fixture shows seven defeats from seven starts, conceding an average 40 points per game.

They boarded their flight without 57 times-capped flanker Dan Lydiate, who suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday's 27-13 loss to England at Twickenham.

He was replaced in the tour party by uncapped Cardiff Blues forward Ellis Jenkins.

Lydiate joined Alex Cuthbert and Justin Tipuric in missing the tour through injury, while Wales showed next to nothing during the England game to suggest they will trouble New Zealand.

Scarletts centre Williams who made his international return at Twickenham following a serious knee injury during last autumn's World Cup says his team have to think positively.

"There is no point in us going to New Zealand with negative thoughts, otherwise it's going to be a long couple of weeks," he said.

"I think everyone is going to have to play one of their best games to be able to beat New Zealand.

"It's trying to lift the standards up. Every pass, everything you do is on the money."

The loss of Lydiate, who captained Wales against England in Warburton's absence, is a major blow.

However, Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty's performance at Twickenham suggests he could slot seamlessly into any back-row combination Wales head coach Warren Gatland decides to select.

"What's going to be key in New Zealand is being able to keep the tempo for 80 minutes, and that's where we struggled against England in the second half," Gatland said.

"But that was the whole reason for the game - to prepare to play a team like the All Blacks, who keep going for the whole 80 minutes."

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