New Zealand boss Graham Henry insists Wales have made the right decision in agreeing to a grueling summer tour the year before the World Cup.
Warren Gatland’s side will travel to New Zealand and take on the All Blacks in a two-test tour this summer in addition to tough upcoming fixtures against South Africa and Australia.
But Henry – who coached Wales between 1998 and 2002 - insists the tough tests could prove key for Gatland’s men in the build up to next year’s World Cup.
“I think it will be a very exciting prospect for Warren and he will be looking forward to bringing a Welsh side out here,” said Henry.
“I think the trip to New Zealand will help Wales before the World Cup next year.
“Warren was keen for the Welsh side to come here and experience New Zealand conditions.
“Warren has said if you want to be among the best you have to play the best.
“You will improve for having those experiences and you will certainly know where you are.
“So I think that is a correct statement and sentiment from Warren.”