Warren Gatland returns to the helm of an injury depleted Wales camp facing the prospect of a winless end-of year Test series ahead of clashes with the All Blacks and Wallabies.
Gatland takes over from Interim head coach Rob Howley with Wales staring at a sixth successive defeat - their worst results sequence in nine years - when New Zealand, whom they have not beaten since 1953 visit Cardiff next Saturday.
Already without the services of key forwards Adam Jones, Dan Lydiate and Alun-Wyn Jones, hooker Richard Hibbard and fly-half Dan Biggar are injury worries due to shoulder problems that forced them off early against Samoa.
George North accepts that the coming week will be crucial if they are to keep their heads above water.
"We have got a big week ahead of us," said North following Friday's 26-19 Samoa loss.
"It has been a bit of a poor start for us, but hopefully we can conjure up something against the All Blacks.
"They are the hardest team in the world to try to get a win against, but we are really focusing on it.
"We suffered in terms of discipline, our basic skills under pressure. We lost that battle," North added.
"Leading into the game, we trained well and everything felt pretty smooth, but our basic skills let us down, and without them you can't put a platform down.
"You can't play the brand of rugby we want to play if you haven't got quick ball, and that starts from the basics. I think there were a few decisions where we should have played, and some other decisions when we should have kicked more.
"We tried to play too much out of our own half, when we should have put them under pressure with the high ball.
"It is a blow to us, but come Monday morning we will look at ourselves and work hard.
"It is Test rugby. You have your highs and lows. We had highs with the World Cup and the Six Nations last season, and we are in a tough autumn series now."