TAULUPE Faletau joined a select band of Welsh rugby players to have beaten New Zealand in a Test match when the British and Irish Lions won in Wellington this summer.

Former Dragons ace Faletau touched down for the tourists as they levelled the series, which then finished all-square after the sides drew a dramatic decider seven days later.

This Saturday could turn out to be another special occasion in the career of number eight Faletau, who is chasing a second victory over the All Blacks this year.

Wales haven’t got the better of the Kiwis since 1953 but Steve Hansen’s men might be there for the taking at the Principality Stadium.

A below-par performance against Scotland last weekend and injuries to key players may mean a chance for Wales to end that 64-year wait.

“It’s going to happen sometime,” said Faletau. “I can’t see Wales never winning against New Zealand ever again.”

He added: “We’re looking forward to seeing what we can do right now as a squad.

“We’ll be going into the game wanting to win it and play the style of rugby we want to play.

“When we get a win over New Zealand it will be great, it will go down in history, but I think it’s what we do after that.

“If we do get a win over teams like New Zealand we’ve just got to back it up and go again.

“Everybody raises their game a little bit when New Zealand are in town.

“They’re the best team in the world so everybody’s going to want that chance to go up against them and hopefully get a good result, which Wales haven’t had over them for a long time.

“Going back to 2016 when we toured with Wales, I thought we did well out there.

“The results didn’t go our way but we gave ourselves a chance.

“You’ve got to be in the game for the whole 80 minutes but we didn’t quite do that – it’s what we’re looking towards doing now.”

When asked whether there was anything he could take from the Lions’ triumph to help Wales, he said: “I don’t know how to answer that because obviously it was a different group of players.

“But I can definitely take some confidence from that win over New Zealand and if there’s anything I can give to the rest of the squad I’ll try to do that.

“Going into that tour Ireland had already beaten them, and other teams have beaten them, but it’s quite rare and you’ve got to be on top of your game for the 80 minutes to have a chance.

“I’m not sure what they’re feeling about their performances but they want to finish their season on a high and relax happy but hopefully we won’t give them that.”