Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales eager to get one over 'miserable' Steve Hansen

Wales will not lack motivation, when they face the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup third and fourth playoff on Friday.

Sixty-six years after they last beat the men in black, they'll be eyeing history in the bronze-medal match, determined to send departing players and coaches out on a high, and right the wrongs of the week before.

Still grappling with the heartbreak of being bundled out of the World Cup by the Springboks, Wales have had to quickly turn their attention to a monumental final challenge.

"I'm glad, because it's against the All Blacks," said assistant coach Robin McBryde. "I don't think it'd be the same, if we were facing someone else, because the All Blacks are the All Blacks."

And that opportunity is fueling the Welsh fire.

After 12 years in charge, Warren Gatland faces his final game and the All Blacks remain the only side he's never beaten.

On Friday, along with outgoing assistant Robin McBryde, he'll get his final chance.

"It would be good to get over Steve Hansen. He's miserable as hell, isn't he?"

Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales eager to get one over 'miserable' Steve Hansen

But the All Blacks will be out to continue piling the misery on Wales and desperate not to end their World Cup on the wrong side of history.

And after a longer-than-usual debrief of their semi-final loss, they're out for redemption.

"We're actually pleased we've got the game," said assistant coach Ian Foster. "I think it's a chance for us to show we're a better team than what we showed last week and I think for us as a group that's really important."

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