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Jones reveals All Blacks admiration

Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones readily accepts some of New Zealand's rugby this month has been "scintillating".

The All Blacks are one win away from completing yet another successful Grand Slam tour of Britain and Ireland. Only Jones and company can prevent that from happening this weekend, but Wales will start as rank outsiders at the Millennium Stadium, especially as they have not beaten New Zealand since 1953.

"New Zealand are a force to be reckoned with," said the Ospreys forward. "Some of the rugby they have played thus far has been scintillating. They put a lot of width on the ball and play high-tempo rugby with plenty of off-loads. It is nice to watch, but it's not so great to play against."

The All Blacks have amassed 113 points and 13 tries in seeing off England, Scotland and Ireland, and it will take a huge effort by Wales to avoid similar treatment.

But despite the ignominy of a 16-16 home draw against Fiji last time out, Wales remain upbeat they can make their presence felt.

Coach Warren Gatland is due to name his team later today, with Jones likely to be among around nine players recalled who did not start against the South Sea Islanders.

And recalling events post-Fiji, Jones added: "We've all been grumpy this last week. If we say we are not, we would be lying.

"But that's gone now. We have shelved it. What has been said has been said behind closed doors, and we move forward.

"I have been unfortunate enough to be in a worse predicament. I've lost to Fiji in a World Cup.

"After Fiji in 2007, there was no chance to put the wrongs right the following week. There is a big opportunity to do that this week."


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