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|2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final – Wales v New Zealand|
|Venue:Tokyo StadiumDate:Friday, 1 NovemberTime:09:00 GMT|
|Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app|
Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde says he is glad their World Cup bronze match is against New Zealand.
South Africa beat Wales 19-16 in the semi-finals, while the All Blacks – champions in 2011 and 2015 – were outplayed by England.
Wales will now try to match the third-place finish they achieved in 1987 in Tokyo on Friday (09:00 GMT).
“I don’t think it would be the same if we were facing somebody else,” said former hooker McBryde.
“But not every team gets the opportunity to face them, especially in a World Cup.”
“I’m glad the game exists because it’s against the All Blacks,” said ex-Wales hooker McBryde.
New Zealand are the only opposition Wales have not beaten under head coach Warren Gatland – who takes charge of the side for the last time on Friday – and they are looking to achieve a first victory over the three-time world champions since 1953.
“It’s the only thing we haven’t done and this is the last opportunity for us,” said McBryde, who earned 37 caps for Wales as a player.
“Any time you face the All Blacks it will be a good encounter and a great experience.
“You can’t shy away from it, you have to embrace it – facing the haka.”
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