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Wales know they must be at their best - North

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Lynn McConnell     06 Jun 2016     Getty Images

Highly-regarded Welsh wing George North said anything but their best would not give them the chance of securing the Test win they so desperately want to take home from the tour.

"We always knew it was going to be a hard task after a long season but to come and play the world champions at home is always going to be a massive task and a three-Test series in such a short period is naturally going to be tough. I think all the boys are ready for it."

Lock Bradley Davies said he had played the All Blacks a couple of times before so he knew what Wales were in for but it was a great chance for the squad the play the best team in the world.

"At the end of this tour we'll see where we are and hopefully we'll finish the tour on a positive."

While the All Blacks had lost some experience it was going to be tough whoever they put on the field."

Davies said All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick was probably the best in the world at the moment. His all-round game was outstanding and he enjoyed watching him. He had a bit about him, he said.

"He throws himself about, I think he's got it all and again, as a second rower playing against those kinds of guys you can see where you are at and hopefully you can come out on top and prove your worth," he said.

North felt All Blacks strong man on the wing Julian Savea was a massive part of the side and he was part of a whole backline Wales had to try and contain.

"The speed of ball they play, the numbers at contact, their defence compared to how we play is a completely different game. I think that's one of the reasons it is going to be such a hard task to try and match that a bit with what we play up in the northern hemisphere," he said.

North said the extra time in Auckland to prepare for the first game of the tour had not been hard to cope with. It had been invaluable for some players to get over jet-lag and they had a chance to get settled and to turn their minds towards Saturday's Test.

"I think it's been good for the boys to have this time here," he said.

The side had benefitted from their warm-up with England and they had been in the game until the late stages, and that was a result of the concentration on their physical preparation for the tour.