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Hansen wary of his class of 2005

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Sportal.co.nz     21 Nov 2006     NZRU

Wales, which hasn't beaten New Zealand since 1953, stands between the All Blacks and another clean sweep in Europe.

That Welsh Grand Slam team of 2004-05 pushed the All Blacks to a 26-25 scoreline and while the All Blacks had a 41-3 win last year the memory of 2004, and players returning from injury who did not play last year, have Hansen nervous.

"A lot of those Wales guys are back and we all feel that they can trouble us on Saturday," he told BBC Sport.

"As I remember, it was only some magic from Joe Rokocoko that saved us two years ago, and Wales have been impressive again this autumn.

"The majority of the players have been together for a long time. They came together in 2002 and have now played a lot of Tests with each other," he said.

Hansen said the All Blacks' management has been happy with the tour, especially as Graham Henry's team has been only the third New Zealand side to win both Tests in a two-Test series in France.

"The first Test was excellent. We took all our opportunities.

"I thought we played well again last Saturday - but we didn't take all the opportunities we created.

"There were probably four or five scoring opportunities that would have made a difference to the scoreline," he said.

Hansen added that a knee injury suffered by second five-eighths Aaron Mauger is causing concern and could affect the selection for the game.

"We thought it was coming right, but it's affecting his kicking and changing of angle at high speed," he said.

Hansen said the selection for the Test will again be based on the players thought to be the best to do the job so there would be changes from the Paris side.