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NZ rugby depth frightening: Warburton

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/06/2016

Wales captain Sam Warburton says the future of All Blacks rugby appears "frightening" after his team suffered four heavy losses on their tour of New Zealand.

Warburton wasn't glossing over the gulf between sixth-ranked Wales and the world champions, who put an exclamation point on their series with a 46-6 win in the third Test at Dunedin on Saturday.

They lost the first two Tests by 18 and 14 points and were also thrashed 40-7 by the Chiefs in a midweek match.

"The strength in depth they have in New Zealand is remarkable. The amount of talent they have got is frightening," he said.

"They may have lost (Dan) Carter, (Richie) McCaw, (Ma'a) Nonu, (Conrad) Smith and all of those great players, but that doesn't make a difference here.

Sam Warburton takes on Izzy Dagg © Getty Images Sam Warburton takes on Izzy Dagg

"They lose a little bit of experience, but they have some super players to come in - that's why they are the best rugby nation in the world."

Warburton believed his side had been making progress throughout their three weeks in New Zealand but the Dunedin Test was a reality check.

The All Blacks dominated the collision and were allowed to run rampant against a tiring Welsh defensive line.

Warburton hopes some of the lessons learned can be borne out in performances in November when they host Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa.

"It makes you realise what you've got to go home and work on - your physicality, fitness levels and individual skills. Being exposed to that level of rugby is only going to benefit us in the long run."

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