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Wales will stay on the attack, says Sam Warburton after All Blacks defeat

• ‘We thought we’ve got to take risks and we’ve got to go for it,’ says captain
• Luke Charteris will captain much-changed Wales XV v Chiefs on Tuesday

Sam Warburton has insisted that his Wales team will not be put off by having yet another potential victory in the southern hemisphere snatched from their grasp in the final quarter, as they prepare for two more cracks at the All Blacks.

Far from wanting to tear out his hair after seeing his side surrender a 21-18 lead on the hour against the world champions in Auckland, a ground where they had not been beaten in 35 games since 1994, Warburton demanded his team stick to their guns and stay on the attack.

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George North’s injury takes shine off Wales display against All Blacks

• ‘It was brilliant for 60 minutes,’ says head coach Warren Gatland
• Two more players called up as cover on New Zealand tour

George North is a doubt for the second Test against New Zealand next Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury in the last play of the 39-21 defeat.

The Northampton wing strained his hamstring attempting to tackle his All Blacks counterpart Waisake Naholo in the dying minutes of the series‑opening match. Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, said North would be assessed on Sunday and Wales also announced they were calling up two more players as cover.

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George North’s injury takes shine off Wales display against All Blacks

• ‘It was brilliant for 60 minutes,’ says head coach Warren Gatland
• Two more players called up as cover on New Zealand tour

George North is a doubt for the second Test against New Zealand next Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury in the last play of the 39-21 defeat.

The Northampton wing strained his hamstring attempting to tackle his All Blacks counterpart Waisake Naholo in the dying minutes of the series‑opening match. Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, said North would be assessed on Sunday and Wales also announced they were calling up two more players as cover.

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New Zealand power away from Wales with second-half dismantling

• Tries by Waisake Naholo, Kieran Read and Nathan Harris sealed win
• New Zealand 39-21 Wales

New Zealand won the three-Test series opener against Wales after running away with the second half of a fast and furious match at Eden Park.

Related: New Zealand 39-21 Wales: first Test – as it happened

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