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'Wales are second-rate cart-horses' is the attack from top Kiwi paper.

WARREN GATLAND'S Wales team have become the subject of an extraordinary tirade in New Zealand as they go into Saturday's Millennium Stadium clash as record underdogs.

The country's flagship newspaper, the New Zealand Herald, has labelled Wales "second-rate cart-horses," claims Mike Phillips is our only decent player and poured scorn on the players' decision to hold a crisis meeting post-Fiji.

"Who are Wales fooling? Fiji should hold the crisis talks," chide the biggest-selling paper Down Under.

The scathing remarks, which could be pinned up on the dressing room wall by Gatland for motivation, come against a backdrop of Wales being made 8-1 outsiders to win the game on their own Cardiff turf.

Bookmakers cannot recall the Welsh being made such overwhelming underdogs for a home game before.

The remarks in the Herald were made by columnist Chris Rattue, who a few years ago labelled Wales as 'village idiots' ... a slur Kiwi coach Graham Henry had to publicly apologise for ahead of a previous Millennium Stadium Test match. His new column, published in the newspaper yesterday, dismisses New Zealand's march towards a Grand Slam on their European tour as a bore and an irrelevance.

"England, snooooooooooze, Scotland, zzzzzzzzzzz, Ireland, yaaaaaaawn, Wales, zzzzzzzzz ..." states the Herald.

"Trudging off to the northern plains to fight these second-rate cart-horses every year isn't floating the boat anymore.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Nov 25, 2010
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