Retallick can’t wait to face ‘awesome’ Jones – Welsh Rugby Union


Wayne Pivac’s 2021 Guinness Six Nations champions will welcome the All Blacks – ranked because the world’s second finest aspect – to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday, October 30. It will likely be New Zealand’s first go to to the Welsh capital since 2017.

Wales will then go on to face southern hemisphere giants South Africa, Fiji and Australia on consecutive weekends.

However it’s the presence of the All Blacks within the autumn schedule which is massively thrilling for not solely each units of gamers and workers, however supporters too.

“I really like enjoying in Cardiff,” stated Retallick, who has gained all six of his All Blacks video games with Wales. “Coming into the town and spending the week there on a tour is an actual spotlight.

“Taking part in at Principality Stadium on the couple of events I’ve has been superior and attending to play Wales this yr shall be superior.

“I believe New Zealand groups might need taken touring a bit bit as a right up to now so after Covid I assume everyone seems to be wanting ahead to enjoying sides like Wales. It can make it a bit bit extra particular.”

Wales haven’t overwhelmed New Zealand since 1953 and their 2021 assembly will mark 68 years since what was some of the well-known leads to Welsh rugby historical past.

Former Wales prop Courtney Meredith is the one participant who beat the All Blacks in 1953 who remains to be alive right this moment.

Wales and New Zealand have a protracted historical past of enjoying one another, one which dates again to 1905 and the primary time the All Blacks performed in Cardiff.  The New Zealand Natives had been additionally the primary rugby touring workforce to reach in Wales within the 1888-89 season.

Retallick is without doubt one of the few males who can rival Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones for the title of the very best lock on the planet.

The New Zealander, who has gained a outstanding 72 of his 81 Assessments, can’t wait to lock horns with Jones as soon as once more. Retallick believes Jones, who’s 35 and rugby’s most capped participant on 157 caps, could make a fifth World Cup in France in 2023.

Retallick, 29 and at the moment enjoying for Kobelco Steelers in Japan, shall be again within the All Blacks set-up for subsequent season and the sport with Wales.  He stated: “I’m undecided of Alun’s full age, however I do know he’s loads older than me!

“To be enjoying in addition to he’s at his age is not any imply feat. He’s simply re-signed for his membership and Wales for a couple of extra years so it’s superior to have a participant of that calibre nonetheless enjoying on the world stage.

“Victor Matfield performed in a World Cup at 38 and so did Brad Thorn so that you wouldn’t write it off.

“There may be chat of him probably being captain of the Lions so I wouldn’t be stunned if he was there once more on the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

“I solely know him as an opponent on the sector, however somebody with that a lot expertise and respect inside his nation and world rugby has undoubtedly acquired to be within the combine for the Lions.

“He’s achieved some superior issues over the previous 12 to 18 months reminiscent of breaking the cap document. You speak about particular Lions gamers, however arising in opposition to the likes of Alun Wyn and gamers of that high quality will not be one thing you get to do day by day.

“It was actually particular for me personally to face off in opposition to these guys in 2017.”

TICKET INFORMATION

Wales v New Zealand, Principality Stadium  – Saturday thirtieth October (Kick Off: tbc) CAT A £95 (£47.50) / CAT B £85 (£42.50) / CAT C £75 (£37.50) / CAT D £60 (£30) / CAT E £40 (£20)

Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium – Saturday sixth November (Kick off: tbc) CAT A £75 (£37.50) / CAT B £65 (£32.50) / CAT C £45 (£22.50) / CAT D £35 (£17.50) / CAT E £25 (£12.50)

Wales v Fiji, Principality Stadium – Sunday 14th November (Kick off tbc) CAT A £35 (£17.50) / CAT B £25 (£12.50) / CAT C £20 (£10) / CAT D £15 (£7.50) / CAT E £10 (£5)

Wales v Australia, Principality Stadium – Saturday twentieth November (Kick off tbc) CAT A £75 (£37.50) / CAT B £65 (£32.50) / CAT C £45 (£22.50) / CAT D £35 (£17.50) / CAT E £25 (£12.50)

Official WRU Hospitality packages are additionally now out there to buy from £295 +VAT.  For extra info and particulars of the best way to e-book CLICK HERE

Off-site hospitality packages are through Occasions Worldwide and will be discovered right here and Official Journey Packages will be bought by way of Gullivers Sports activities Journey

Supporters should buy tickets straight by contacting their native rugby membership.

For extra info on the Autumn Nations Sequence 2021 matches at Principality Stadium, please go to: wru.wales/autumn2021.

 

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