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Welsh settle ahead of first Test

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    02 Jun 2016     Getty Images

There is some concern that captain Sam Warburton, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, may not be ready for the first Test.

That could see Ross Moriarty get a start in Auckland.

He told wru.co.uk that after making an impression against England in Sunday's warm-up game he was looking forward to the challenge in New Zealand.

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Moriarty plays his club rugby for Gloucester and said Wales were excited about testing themselves against the world champions.

"We'll review England, learn from our mistakes and work on things," he said.

"New Zealand will be the toughest of opposition and it will be a good test for us.

"They are two-time world champions in a row, they are the best team in the world so it's going to be a huge test for us down there.

"We're not going to hold back, we'll go out there and see what happens. We go there full of excitement, everyone wants to play the best team in the world and there is no bigger test than taking on New Zealand in their own backyard," he said.

Missing from the side is Dan Lydiate who was injured in the England game.

"It was sad to see Dan go down injured, but we have a few back-rowers here who have an opportunity now. It opens a window, and I'll be pushing for a start.

"I enjoyed playing from the start and to play a full match, and I needed that to blow the cobwebs off," he said.
Big wing George North said it was a great honour to be playing the All Blacks at home in New Zealand.

"I guess the aura they have, and the way they play is something special and to play against it is obviously a great honour and great challenge," he said.

North's only previous visit to New Zealand was part of the Wales World Cup team in 2011 that reached the semi-finals before losing to France.

"From what I remember the people are really welcoming, they lover their rugby and everywhere we went we had a warm welcome and it was a good place to tour," he said.

Meanwhile, New Zealander Gareth Anscombe told the Cardiffblues.com website, "We have a hell of a battle on our hands but it's a great opportunity to set yourself against the best.

"It's certainly going to be tough, and a bit strange at times, but it's nice to be back, it's been a while since I left," he said.