Autumn Nations Series

Match Facts

Wales and New Zealand have played each other on 35 occasions having first met in 1905, the All Blacks have won 32 of those matches, whilst Wales have won just three matches.

Wales won three of their first four matches against the All Blacks but have lost the subsequent 31 fixtures against them, their last win over them coming back in 1953.

The most recent clash between Wales and New Zealand came in the Bronze Final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Wales lost 40-17 in that fixture with Ben Smith claiming a brace of tries in what was his final game for the All Blacks.

The last seven encounters between Wales and New Zealand featured Warren Gatland and Steven Hansen as the respective head coaches, both men have since stepped down from their roles, their first encounter being in 2012 at the Principality Stadium, where the All Blacks triumphed 33-10.

Wales come into this match as the Six Nations champions, having won the 2021 edition to notch up a sixth title since Italy joined the tournament in 2000; meanwhile New Zealand have recently claimed a seventh Rugby Championship crown (since Argentina joined in 2012).

New Zealand have won 10 of their last 12 matches against European opposition, only losing to England (2019 RWC semi-final) and Ireland (November 2018) in that spell.

Despite making the joint fewest carries and beating the fewest defenders, Wales ended up as the top try scorers (20) on their way to winning the 2021 Six Nations; they were the only side to average more than three points scored per entry into the opposition 22 (3.7).

Since 2010 Wales have had a tackle success rate below 80% in just four matches, all of those occurrences coming against New Zealand, most recently in their clash at the 2019 Rugby World Cup (also in each of their three Tests in NZ in 2016).

Beauden Barrett is in line to make his 99th appearance for the All Blacks, he’s scored six tries in seven previous matches against Wales, only against Australia has he scored more tries (11).

Rhys Priestland could be in line for a first appearance for Wales since 2017 when he faced New Zealand in Cardiff, he has exactly 50 caps to his name so far including four games against the All Blacks, three of those four appearances coming off the bench.

Anthony Watson withdrawn from England squad

5 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Anthony Watson has withdrawn from the England squad for the Autumn Nations Series after he suffered an ACL rupture in Bath’s game against Saracens at the weekend.    Harlequins’...

Moerat earns Springbok call-up for UK tour

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Former SA Schools and Junior Springbok captain Salmaan Moerat has earned his first Springbok call-up in a squad of 32 players named by Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber on Tuesday for the Castle Lager Outgoing...

Fiji name squad for November internationals

6 days ago by Ultimate Rugby

Fiji have named their touring squad for the games against Spain, Wales and Georgia during the month of November.    Covid-19 restrictions have proved to be a real spanner in the works for the...

Two uncapped players in Wales 38-man squad

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Wales have named a 38-man squad for the forthcoming Autumn Nations Series 2021 campaign.     Wales U20 and Exter Chiefs forward Christ Tshiunza is one of two uncapped players named in the...

Second Test added to Springbok Women’s itinerary

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Springbok Women will face Wales in Cardiff as part of their European tour in November, adding to the two fixtures already confirmed for their trip to the Northern Hemisphere.   The Springbok...

EPCR working on Club World Cup for rugby

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Outgoing EPCR chairperson Simon Halliday has confirmed that the organisers of the Champions Cup are working towards the organisation of a rugby Club World Cup.     "We are now working...

Captain Cane returns, uncapped lock Josh Lord called up

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Taranaki and Chiefs lock Josh Lord has been called into the All Blacks squad for the Northern Tour to the USA and Europe.   20-year-old Lord, together with All Blacks Sam Cane, Samuel Whitelock,...

Nienaber applauds bench impact and explains early front row substitutions

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

 Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said their 31-29 win over New Zealand in the final Lager Rugby Championship match of 2021 will provide some valuable momentum for South Africa during the forthcoming...