I was born in 1958, and since then Wales have never beaten New Zealand.
A staggering statistic when you consider that even The great Welsh teams of the seventies could not quite manage to overturn the All Blacks.
In fact the last time Wales beat New Zealand was on the 19th December 1953, at a packed Cardiff Arms Park.
In June of this year, Wales undertake a three match test series in New Zealand, and it is quite evident that their best chance of a victory will come in the first test in Auckland on June 11th… Let me explain why !
Nehe Milner-Skudder had been ruled out of the series after undergoing shoulder reconstructive surgery.
Brodie Retalkick had broken ribs and will not return until May.
Jerome Kaino and Israel Dagg are currently on the sidelines due to injury .
These factors, together with the retirements of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Conrad Smith, Ma’Nonu and Kevin Mealamu mean that Wales will face a very different side to that which won the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham.
I know it’s all relative, but there is no doubt that this is Wales best chance for a long long time to gain an historic win.
Whatever team the All Blacks put out June 11, Wales will have to be at their very best, but this is a chance that may not come again for this golden generation.
One thing for sure, Wales cannot afford to start as they did against Ireland and England in this years RBS 6 Nations.
So, at 7.35am on Saturday June 11, put the television, iPad, radio, and coffee on, then settle down to, hopefully, watch history being made in the land of the long white cloud.
Wales Tour to New Zealand 2016 (All matches live on Sky Sports) All times are local
June 11 v New Zealand (Auckland). 7.35pm
June 14 v Chiefs (Wellington). TBA
June 18 v New Zealand (Wellington). 7.35pm
June 24 v New Zealand (Dunedin). 7.35pm
June 25 v New Zealand (Dunedin). 7.35pm