Wales not pre-occupied with previous results – Wyn Jones

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Jones said the matter had not been raised until the interviewer asked his question at the press conference.

 

"I am aware of the stats and the record, but, it's one of those things. We probably don't get bogged down with those things reinforced. We are well aware of the history of the fixture and the quality of players New Zealand always have," he said.

 

The odds were stacked against Wales, but their focus was in their performance and building towards the Six Nations.

 

"That needs to be our focus, the rugby first and foremost. If we get that right I know we are going to be in a decent position. We've got a lot of guys that haven't played against New Zealand, and there is a full house," he said.

 

Asked what he thought a win over the All Blacks could do for Wales, Jones said it wasn't just New Zealand.

 

"There's no Lions or anything ahead now, it's the start of everyone's two-year cycle leading up to the World Cup. There's a lot of teams, and a lot of rugby, to go under the bridge, and if we hang our hat on one win in all those games to come, it's a dangerous thing.

"Obviously, we're going out there to win. I've tried on many occasions, and will try again on the weekend. I feel we've got a squad that can go out there and present something we haven't presented before. What will come, will come," he said.

 

The fact they were without players in England due to the game being outside the November international window, but, he said, it didn't matter who was playing, pressure was always on Wales, especially after the successes they had enjoyed in recent years.

 

"It's an opportunity for a lot of the guys.

 

"They know more players are coming back into the squad and back from injury in due course. It's a chance for a lot of people to put their hand up, and there is probably no bigger game to do that than the first one we've got," he said.

 

Those players unavailable would be disappointed they can't take on the All Blacks, he said.

 

While it was early in their season, Wales would have the benefit of two weeks together, he said.

 

"It's always an ask first one out, but we have done all we can in training. We had a relatively heavy week last week, but we enjoyed it all the same, and the coaches have been clear in what they want from us," he said.

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