Byrne plans to attack

Wales full-back hopes for tries against New Zealand

Last Updated: 18/06/10 10:28am

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Byrne: Will not be conservative

Byrne: Will not be conservative

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Lee Byrne insists that Wales will not be afraid to take the game to the All Blacks during their clash in Dunedin on Saturday.

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"We're certainly going to have a go."
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In their last two meetings with New Zealand, Wales have failed to cross the try-line and instead relied on the boot of Stephen Jones.

Jones kicked all of the Welsh points in last year's 19-12 loss at the Millennium Stadium and the 29-9 defeat at the same venue in 2008.

But now Ospreys full-back Byrne, who missed the 2009 contest through injury, says that his side will not go into the match with a tentative attitude.

"The attacking players we have in our team are a good threat," he said.

"The All Blacks have obviously got good attacking players as well so it's going to be a good match-up.


"We like to play rugby and give it a go. Sometimes it doesn't quite come off for us and we fall short but we've got to learn from that and become more clinical.

"We're certainly going to have a go."

Byrne will line-up alongside Leigh Halfpenny and exciting youngster Tom Prydie in the Wales back three for the last international match to be hosted at the Carisbrook stadium.

However, New Zealand will also contain several dynamic attacking threats with the likes of Dan Carter, Israel Dagg and Joe Rokocoko in the side.

Attack coach Rob Howley believes that avoiding turnovers will be the key to keeping the hosts' counter-attacks under control.

The former scrum-half said: "The tackle area, like the scrum, is going to be a hugely contested area because the All Blacks are very strong in that area.

"We're mindful from our recent performances at the contact we've created far too many turnovers."

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