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Autumn internationals: Wales take on Samoa at the Millennium Stadium

Ryan Jones will lead the Wales squad tonight Photo: David Jones/PA Wire

The Wales team will be feeling the pressure going into their game against Samoa at the Millennium Stadium tonight. The current six-nation champions have had a disappointing run of five straight defeats, and they'll be keen to avoid a similar result tonight.

Following last weekend's loss against Argentina, the hosts are hungry for a victory.

But it could prove challenging. Samoa have won in Cardiff twice, in 1991 and 1999, and they were narrowly beaten when they met Wales in 2009.

Tonight, Ryan Jones will lead the Welsh side for a record 29th time, eclipsing the mark he previously held jointly with Ieuan Evans.

On Thursday, he told Richard Morgan about his excitement for the match.

They can't get rid of me yet! Being part of this team is the biggest honour I've ever had and means the world to me.

Things like this are just an added bonus really. It's something you do hope for, I suppose, but it was something that seemed to be getting further away!

My opportunity's come, and hopefully I can do it justice.

– Ryan Jones

Sam Warburton has been left out of the side, after being replaced by Ospreys openside Justin Tipuric.

Interim coach Rob Howley defended the changes he'd made to the team.

Over the last three or four year tenure of the coaching team, whether it's Samoa or the Fiji game or the Canada game, we have made changes for this fixture

Obviously we've got injuries, but that's a challenge of international rugby.

– Rob Howley, Wales interim coach

The boys have been really focused this week. It hasn't been such a load as last week - we've had a couple more days.

We're excited to get out there and make things right. It was disappointing last week, but we've got this chance to turn things round.

– Ashley Beck

Wales team to play Samoa at the Millennium Stadium tonight:

L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), A Beck (Ospreys), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), G North (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), M Phillips (Bayonne); P James (Bath), R Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jarvis (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), I Evans (Ospreys), R Jones (Ospreys, capt), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), G Jenkins (Toulon), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Perpignan), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), T Knoyle (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets).