Wales vs New Zealand: What happened after that epic test match?

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6: Owen Farrell of England kicks a penalty against New Zealand during the Pro12 match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on January 6, 2017 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by…

Wales vs New Zealand: What happened after that epic test match?

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6: Owen Farrell of England kicks a penalty against New Zealand during the Pro12 match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on January 6, 2017 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by Brian Lawless/Getty Images)

One week and one day after the epic classic between Wales and New Zealand, the All Blacks are back in Wales on Friday night in their 2018 Autumn series opener in Cardiff.

What a game, what a series, what a Test match… and not just in the events of that night in November either.

We look back at that thrilling match-up between Wales and New Zealand, including the final moments of that thriller, and how that match changed New Zealand forever.

The win for Wales over New Zealand has to go down as one of the greatest in the history of the international game. Just being up against one of the world’s best never inspires confidence, but that huge full-time comeback stunned everyone – in Cardiff, in New Zealand, and in rugby-mad Wales.

Overall it was a great night for the game, and the game will go down as one of the best-ever ever played.

And for New Zealand’s All Blacks, it was probably the biggest game of Steve Hansen’s career – as he became the first coach to win back-to-back series in England and Wales.

Read the full story here: Wales vs New Zealand: Full team news and more

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen: “Last week we were the better team in that match but at the end of the day it all came down to last minute decisions and that what happens in rugby. The guys took a bit of a back seat after that and this week we’re all looking forward to getting back to work.

“The guys have prepared well for the game and we’ll be putting on a show for the Welsh fans.”

Tonga QB Taniela Moa: “I’m looking forward to the game. It’ll be a great atmosphere and we can’t wait to get out there.”

Jordie Barrett, NZ fly-half: “We’re confident we can control the game from the start. The more we watch the video, we’ve seen where our mistakes were and that’s what we’re working on.”

Wales coaches: “Obviously last week was amazing, it was the biggest test of our rugby careers. We can’t wait to get started again and we’ll be going to play some great rugby.”

Wales players: “They made the old three-point line look like a long red line in that match. It was a great occasion and it raised the profile of Welsh rugby and we hope that will continue into the future.”

Read our in-depth preview, including reaction from the Welsh player’s after last week’s historic match, here:

Wales vs New Zealand – full coverage

Wales v New Zealand (2019 Autumn series opener)

Friday, December 1 – 8.30pm

Cardiff Principality Stadium

TV: BT Sport 2, ITV

Live Radio: BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, WRU News Radio Wales, WRU Radio Cymru

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