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Warburton sets sights on All Black Test win

Warburton sets sights on All Black Test win

Sam Warburton admits a win over New Zealand is on his bucket list and is relishing the opportunity to tick it off this summer with Wales.

Sam Warburton admits a win over New Zealand is on his bucket list and is relishing the opportunity to tick it off this summer with Wales.

The 2013 British & Irish Lions skipper will lead Wales on a three-Test series away to the world champions.

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The last Welsh victory over the All Blacks came back in 1953, and they are yet to win on New Zealand soil.

However Warburton, who could return with The Lions next season as they tour New Zealand, insists confidence is high in the Welsh squad.

"I am never, ever going to go into a game not believing we are going to win it. I can't wait for it," said the 27-year-old ahead of the first Test in Auckland.

"It's an amazing opportunity for us, three games, and if any of our players I heard behind closed doors saying I don't think we are going to win I would say 'you are not the right guy to come on the tour'.

"You can't have that mindset whatsoever. You have to have a really positive mindset to go out there. That's half the battle in professional sport.

"We obviously know New Zealand are massive favourites. They are the world's best team for a long time now and they will be the best team we have played against probably in the last three or four years.

"The feeling of victory then is what motivates you because it would make it that much greater an achievement. So it's really motivating to go out there and try to get a win against the best side in the world.

"On my CV of things to achieve, beating the All Blacks is definitely one of them, and I wouldn't even want to dance and celebrate if we beat them because it kind of shows how big the gap is if you are going to make that big a deal out of beating them once.”

English inspiration

New Zealand have not lost at home since 2009 but Warburton is looking a little further back, to the World Cup-winning England team in 2003, for inspiration.

He added: "The great northern hemisphere side – England 2003, who did it a few times – that's the standard that everyone in the northern hemisphere should try to emulate.

"Once is not good enough. We want to be regularly competitive with these teams. Whether people think that's realistic or not, that's up to them to decide. But that's the mindset we've got to have."

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