All Blacks expect changed approach from Wales

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Lynn McConnell     07 Jun 2016     Getty Images

All Blacks hooker Dane Coles said the homework that had been done on their opponents showed some changes in approach had been detected from the Welsh in their game against England.

"Their forwards were using the ball a bit more, not with their usual carries so they are trying to bring a different skill set I reckon and they were pretty dominant at scrum time as well.

"They'll rate their chances up front so it will be a good challenge for the group going out against them. There's a little bit of new stuff but still the traditional Welsh sides that base a lot of their attack off the set-piece."

Coles said while the New Zealand Super Rugby games had been intense contests, he felt the step up to Test level was massive.

"When New Zealand teams play, they play with a lot of pace and different skill sets as well that will help us but you can't rely on that going into Test footy because it's a different beast. You've got to go to some dark places in Test matches. I'm sure it will help but we have to go to that next level because what we've been doing won't be enough.

"It's a different intensity, different ball game as well," he said.

Players would have to be 50-60 percent up from Super Rugby.

Monday had been about building up the intensity ahead of the Test match, Coles said.

"I suppose it just comes back to nailing your role. There were a few things we worked on this morning," he said.

"It was good having last week to get a few things going but we know it's keeping things simple this week and make sure we nail our role.

"The boys are pretty keen to build throughout the week and enjoy it," he said.

"If you cruise through the week and you don't have that intensity you might slip up at the weekend. There's a lot of excitement as well, the first Test of the year so everyone is pretty keen."

Coles said his goal was to keep playing for the All Blacks as long as he can.

"Every time you play a Test just because I've gone all right in the past doesn't mean I'm guaranteed the jersey so I like coming into camp and earning respect again and showing to everyone that I deserve to be there.

"And if I get that chance it's just about going out and playing, nailing my role and trying to bring a little x-factor to my game," he said.

Coles said he was excited to be included in the side's leadership group and he would be doing his 'absolute best' to make sure players get the right advice.

Fellow front rower tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina said it had been good to through the season without the injury concerns that have plagued him in the past.

He had looked at material on the Welsh front row. Samson Lee was a big scrummager.

"That's his bread and butter so it's just a case of us making sure we wear him out throughout the game," he said.