Wales v New Zealand: Owen Williams 'inspires' Welsh team

Owen Williams playing for Wales against Australia in 2013
Owen Williams in action for Wales against Australia in November 2013
Autumn internationals: Wales v New Zealand
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Sat 22 November Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC Two HD, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 16:55 GMT; commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales & Radio Cymru; text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles

Forwards coach Robin McBryde says the Wales players hope to give injured centre Owen Williams a boost with their performance against New Zealand.

Cardiff Blues player Williams, 22, suffered a "significant injury" to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord in a tournament in Singapore in June.

He will be at the Millennium Stadium to watch Saturday's match against the All Blacks as he continues his recovery.

Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams interviews All Blacks captain and number seven Richie McCaw

"Hopefully we can give him something to cheer about," said McBryde.

Williams who came through the Blues academy system, has been capped four times for Wales and scored a try in the 17-7 win against Tonga in November 2013.

McBryde says having Williams at the match will "inspire" the Welsh team as they bid to end their long wait to beat the All Blacks.

"It's quite inspiring when you talk to Owen how positive he is," said McBryde.

"He just hopes for the best, keeps on working with the physios, that in itself is quite inspiring.

"Everybody hopes that he's going to make a full recovery, having him there watching the game that will be inspiring as well."

Last six Wales v New Zealand meetings
24 November 2012: Wales 10-33 New Zealand - Millennium Stadium
27 November 2010: Wales 25-37 New Zealand - Millennium Stadium
26 June 2010: New Zealand 29-10 Wales - Waikato Stadium
19 June 2010: New Zealand 42-9 Wales - Carisbrook
7 November 2009: Wales 12-19 New Zealand - Millennium Stadium
22 November 2008: Wales 9-29 New Zealand - Millennium Stadium

Wales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953 - the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, Dwight D Eisenhower becoming US President and Sir Edmund Hillary climbing Everest.

And Wales fly half Dan Biggar believes Wales will have to be near perfect to end that long wait.

"Anything below nine out of 10 from each of us is probably not going to be good enough," he said.

"It has been a long time not to beat the All Blacks, and we have everything in ourselves to do it.

"It would be probably the best moment in any of our careers to pull off a win against maybe the best rugby side ever to play the game.

"There is not too much pressure on us. New Zealand are expected to come and win and we have no qualms about being the underdog on Saturday."

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