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Sam Warburton back to lead Wales against New Zealand

By lssport  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton

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SAM Warburton will lead Wales against New Zealand on Saturday.

The flanker is one of five changes made by the selectors from the side defeated by Samoa on Friday.

Warburton replaces Justin Tipuric, while Luke Charteris comes in for Ian Evans, who misses out after taking a limited part in training due to a knee problem.

Scarlets hooker Matthew Rees replaces the injured Richard Hibbard).

Fly-half Rhys Priestland returns in place of Dan Biggar, who was also unavailable due to injury, while fellow Scarlet Jonathan Davies completes his return from a groin injury to replace  Ashley Beck.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "This New Zealand team is one of the best rugby sides to have ever played the game and probably the best All Blacks team ever, so it will be a privilege to be able to test ourselves against them.

"No-one is more disappointed than the players and the coaches with how things have gone in the last two weeks, but those supporters who have been with us over the last 18 months know, just as we do, that we are a better side than we have displayed so far and we will be looking to show that on Saturday."

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Matthew Rees, Aaron Jarvis, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Ryan Jones, Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton (capt). Replacements:Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Andrews, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Tavis Knoyle, James Hook, Scott Williams.

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  • abertawejack  |  November 20 2012, 6:14PM

    "Cometh the hour Cometh the man" home territory advantage, with 90,000+ fanatical rugby supporters geeing on our MEN go get em boyo's, (YEEHAA) time to break this chain of past events, which hangs around Welsh rugby's neck, as a cruel reminder as to how really good we are, once and for all:

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  • RichardCorso  |  November 20 2012, 6:11PM

    Martin, I also hope there's some miracle and Wales wins.....One can dream :) but lets at least hope that Wales doesn't embarrass themselves by losing to a high score 73's

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  • mw0cnd  |  November 20 2012, 4:10PM

    Richard if we play like we played last week? you might be right lets hope not. I just hope that the boys can at least play with some pride in the jersey who knows there might be a miracle happen when we play new Zealand we might actually go out and give them a game? fingers crossed!

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  • RichardCorso  |  November 20 2012, 3:14PM

    Lets hope Wales can keep New Zealand's winning score below 100 as I haven't seen anything that Wales has done this year to give me hope of them winning.

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