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Sam Warburton insists Wales boosted by Warren Gatland's return for New Zealand

Last Updated: 20/11/12 4:00pm

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Sam Warburton: Believes Wales have been given a lfit by Warren Gatland's return

Sam Warburton: Believes Wales have been given a lfit by Warren Gatland's return

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Sam Warburton insists Warren Gatland's return has given everyone a boost ahead of Wales' weekend clash against world champions New Zealand.

Rob Howley had been at the helm on an interim basis, but Gatland is back in charge after working on preparatory business ahead of leading next summer's British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Wales have struggled of late - losing to Argentina and Samoa to start their Autumn International series after suffering an unlucky 3-0 series defeat to Australia in the summer.

"It's great to have Warren back. He has the respect of all the players and the staff."
Sam Warburton

"I think the management staff we've had involved previously in the summer tour and first two games have done a great job, with Rob Howley," Warburton told Sky Sports.

"It's great to have Warren back. He has the respect of all the players and the staff. We've achieved a lot under him so it's great to have him back. I'm sure he'll have a positive influence on the boys' performance on Saturday."

Next up are the imposing All Blacks and the recalled Warburton believes his team-mates will be fired up to face the world champions after back-to-back defeats at the Millennium Stadium.

"After two defeats it is going to be tougher than if we'd won two games," he added. "The All Blacks and England at home are probably two fixtures which Welsh players and public all look forward to the most really.

"Everyone's really looking forward to the game on Saturday. If there's one game the players can pick themselves up for it definitely going to be this one.

"The players are disappointed we're losing. We want to win as much as anyone else. The last two performances haven't been acceptable to be honest. We're really looking forward to trying to make amends on Saturday."

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