—– All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 19, 2017

“People aim to make a lot of things about myself as well as Steve, however from my point of view there are no issues in between us,” Gatland stated.

“I have a massive quantity of respect of what he has attained in the video game, and also the success he has actually had as an All Black instructor. He has actually been absolutely impressive.

Gatland says he would like to confront one or two Kiwis after taxing Lions tour
The New Zealand Herald depicted British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland as a cartoon clown (Nick Purewal/PA)

“I eagerly anticipate catching up with him on Saturday, having a beer after the video game.

“In recent years on a few events we have headed out as two administration groups for meals during the week.

All Blacks train Steve Hansen is expecting more of the very same technique Scotland took when lining up versus Wales in Cardiff on Sunday (NZT). READ: https://t.co/IXLLAeM6jV#WALvNZL pic.twitter.com/Hz5VNJeLqY

—– All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 19, 2017

Gatland says he would like to confront one or two Kiwis after taxing Lions tour
It was honours even in the summer when Warren Gatland’s Lions met Steve Hansen’s All Blacks (David Davies/PA)

“We all recognize the stress we are under, yet they are not as an outcome of our connection.”

Wales have actually not beaten New Zealand since 1953, losing 29 consecutive suits because time.

The All Blacks’ loss to Australia last month in addition to recent struggles against South Africa and also Scotland give Wales wish this moment.

But Gatland disregarded the words of Gwyn Jones, the former Wales captain, that has identified New Zealand at risk, saying: “I think if you utter those words, it returns to attack you.

UPDATE: @rieko_ioane with a shoulder injury and Luke Romano with a foot injury will certainly be not available for today’s Test against Wales.

—– All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 19, 2017

“I’ve never seen an All Black team that’s been vulnerable. The top quality as well as deepness they have, they would certainly be hurting that they didn’t play much better against Scotland last weekend.

“But claiming that, they managed the pressure as well as won the game – – and that’s what it’s everything about.

“We’ve seen in the last couple of week that teams are pressing them closer which’s good for rugby.

“We want to see those close competitions where groups that carry out on the day have the ability to press the primary group in the world truly carefully.”

— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 19, 2017

“We all understand the pressures we are under, but they are not as a result of our relationship.”

Wales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953, losing 29 consecutive matches in that time.

The All Blacks’ defeat to Australia last month as well as recent struggles against South Africa and Scotland give Wales hope this time.

But Gatland dismissed the words of Gwyn Jones, the former Wales captain, who has labelled New Zealand vulnerable, saying: “I think if you utter those words, it comes back to bite you.

UPDATE: @rieko_ioane with a shoulder injury and Luke Romano with a foot injury will be unavailable for this week’s Test against Wales.

— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 19, 2017

“I’ve never seen an All Black team that’s been vulnerable. The quality and depth they have, they would be hurting that they didn’t play better against Scotland last weekend.

“But saying that, they coped with the pressure and won the game – and that’s what it’s all about.

“We’ve seen in the last few week that teams are pushing them closer and that’s good for rugby.

“We want to see those close contests where teams that perform on the day are able to push the number one team in the world really closely.”