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Biggar demands better from Wales

Dan Biggar has highlighted the taxing and unrelenting standards Wales must reach in their quest to end 61 years of hurt against world champions New Zealand.

Wales fly-half Biggar believes victory over the All Blacks on Saturday would rank above winning a Six Nations title.

Wales have conquered Europe three times during Warren Gatland's six-year coaching reign and reached the World Cup semi-finals.

But they last beat New Zealand in 1953 - the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, Dwight D Eisenhower becoming US President and Sir Edmund Hillary successfully climbing Everest.

The Wales team that triumphed 13-8 at Cardiff Arms Park six days before Christmas included such legendary names as Cliff Morgan, Bleddyn Williams and Ken Jones, yet 25 subsequent attempts to fell the Kiwi giants all ended in failure - some glorious, several abject.

"The big thing is we all have to come up with nine out of 10 or 10 out of 10 performances to get a result. That is the reality," Biggar said.

"Anything below nine out of 10 from each of us is probably not going to be good enough. It's exciting. We have to turn up and push ourselves to demand excellence of each other.

"It has been a long time not to beat the All Blacks, and we have everything in ourselves to do it.

"It's just trying to play that down and making sure we prepare as best we can and hopefully we can create something special.

"It would be probably the best moment in any of our careers to pull off a win against maybe the best rugby side ever to play the game.

"There is not too much pressure on us. New Zealand are expected to come and win and we have no qualms about being the underdog on Saturday.

"This team is full of talented players and we are coached well. We have every confidence in ourselves, but we have to make sure we all turn up and play well as individuals and as a team.

"We won't be looking for excuses on Saturday evening. If we have lost the game it will be for reasons X,Y and Z, whereas if we have won the match we would have done something pretty special.

"We are aware of the challenge in front of us, and it won't be easy. Nobody in the camp is looking for excuses - we are just looking to assert ourselves on Saturday and get stuck into a great rugby team."

Ten years ago this week, Wales went within a point of holding the All Blacks, while they lost 13-12 in 1978, but that has been as good as it has got. The average scoreline since 1953 has been 34-10 to New Zealand.

The bookmakers predict Wales will halve that 24-point losing margin this time around, yet a home team containing 10 British and Irish Lions Test players could - and probably should - go a lot closer than that.

Biggar added: "When you face the southern hemisphere boys, and especially New Zealand, you make half a mistake and you are punished, where if you make a mistake against a northern hemisphere team or in club rugby, you may get away with it.

"But at this level against those boys, there's no getting away with it. That is what makes them the best. When the pressure is on they really come alive.

"They do the basics extremely well, maybe better than any other team in the world. Their set-piece is always rock-solid, they kick well and they play in the right areas.

"We're fully aware that what we are facing is a huge test, the biggest test you could ever have in rugby, but it's something we are looking forward to. Why wouldn't we be looking forward to it?

"The All Blacks are in town, and there will be 75,000 people in a packed-out Millennium Stadium with the roof closed. It's something to really get you excited."

And if Biggar can be given sufficient quality possession to unleash the five Lions outside him - Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, George North, Alex Cuthbert and Leigh Halfpenny - then Wales could prosper in what might prove to be one of 2014's great Test matches.

"We have to mix things up, and we have the players in this back line to challenge them," Biggar said.

"As a fly-half, it gives you a bit more comfort knowing you have these world-class players outside you.

"It is a nice position to be in, but we have to do the basics right before doing anything fancy. That is winning the gain line and putting the All Blacks under pressure on the scoreboard."

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