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Roberts targets major autumn scalp

Jamie Roberts has insisted that victory over a Tri Nations superpower will be the minimum requirement when Wales kickstart their World Cup build-up in November.

Warren Gatland's men tackle the All Blacks again at the Millennium Stadium this autumn, along with Australia, South Africa and World Cup group rivals Fiji.

Roberts will have to watch from the sidelines after undergoing a wrist operation but he knows Wales cannot afford a string of gallant defeats with the World Cup so close, and said: "It's a very big year for us leading up to the World Cup and I'm sure we will be firing in the autumn."

He added: "It's a great testing environment for us and we're at that stage now where we need to get results, not just give performances, and it's important we look to win some of these matches in the autumn."

Wales last beat a Tri Nations team in 2008, when tries from Shane Williams and Lee Byrne helped them to a 21-18 victory over Australia.

Although Wales pushed a weakened South Africa team close in June, eventually going down 34-31, they have not beaten the Springboks since 1999.

And New Zealand's winning streak over the Welsh stretches right back to 1953.

"It's a great opportunity against the top three sides in the world and Fiji who are going to be in our group in New Zealand next year," Roberts added.


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