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Wales want to use a bit of flair to end 66-year losing streak
Outgoing forwards coach McBryde says team will help turn Friday's bronze final match against New Zealand into a try fest for the fans.
TOKYO, 29 Oct - Assistant coach Robin McBryde says Wales plan on ending their Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign in style with a promise to entertain the fans in Friday's bronze final against New Zealand.
McBryde insists the players are relishing the prospect of facing the All Blacks in an attempt to end a 66-year losing streak against them in the final game for Wales's coaching group.
"I’m glad the bronze medal match is against the All Blacks. I don’t think it would be the same if we were facing somebody else because the All Blacks are the All Blacks, in fairness to them," said the forwards coach.
"There is no pressure on either side so hopefully we can play with freedom and having nothing to lose allows you to do that.
"New Zealand will also be a very dangerous team because of that but we just have to enter into the spirit of the occasion, go out there and make it a great game."
Wales's hopes of reaching the RWC final were dashed by the 19-16 defeat to South Africa in Yokohama on Sunday while the All Blacks lost to England the night before.
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"I was in the crowd and, in fairness to England, I thought they were excellent on that day," said McBryde. "They fully deserved to win. I think that will make New Zealand a bit more dangerous again.
"Obviously, there was a big disappointment for us after coming so close to making it to the final. The game against South Africa was a tense affair, quite a tight game really.
"It will be the complete opposite on Friday night. There will be two teams going out there and wanting to show their skills.
"Beating the All Blacks is the only thing we haven’t done, isn’t it? It’s the last opportunity for us."
McBryde, fellow forwards coach Shaun Edwards and head coach Warren Gatland are all leaving their positions after the tournament with Wayne Pivac taking over.
"I’ve had my time but I’m jealous of any coach that is going to grab hold and work with these players," said McBryde, pictured with Gatland.
"Look at the ages of some of them and the successful experiences they’ve had - knowing how to win games, being in tight situations, getting out of it on top. We didn’t get it right against South Africa but to be part of that team...
"If you don’t win, you’re always wondering ‘what’s the magic recipe? What’s the secret?’ But those players have experienced it first hand, so they know it’s down to hard work.
"Any coach, coming in to work with these individuals, they have to be excited."
Wales have decided not to call up more players despite fitness doubts over prop Tomas Francis and winger George North who sustained shoulder and hamstring injuries respectively against the Springboks.
Winger Owen Lane was called into the squad last week after an ankle injury ended full-back Liam Williams's World Cup.