Liam Williams ‘I’m glad it’s against the All Blacks’ – Wales coach relishing New Zealand challenge

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Rivals know Warren Gatland’s teams are tough opponents – Robin McBryde
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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