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Warburton returns to captain Wales for New Zealand clash

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Sam Warburton has recovered from a shoulder injury to captain Wales for their first test against New Zealand.

Wales have made five changes from their last outing.

Alun Wyn Jones is to start, earning his 100th cap, and Scott Williams makes way for Jonathan Davies in the centre.

Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Bradley Davies also earn call ups back into the starting XV.

Meanwhile, Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins is named among the replacements after being rushed into the squad after Dan Lydiate's shoulder injury.

Wales team to face New Zealand on Saturday:

L Williams (Scarlets), G North (Northampton), J Davies (Clermont), J Roberts (Harlequins), H Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys), G Jenkins (Cardiff), K Owens (Scarlets), S Lee (Scarlets), B Davies (Wasps), A Wyn Jones (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester), S Warburton (Cardiff, CAPT), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: S Baldwin (Ospreys), R Evans (Ospreys), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), E Jenkins (Cardiff), G Davies (Scarlets), G Anscombe (Cardiff), S Williams (Scarlets).


New Zealand name experienced squad for Wales test

Kieran Read will captain the All Blacks in his 85th test Credit: PA

Ardie Savea and Seta Tamanivalu are in line for their New Zealand debuts after being named in the matchday squad to face Wales.

The world champions will play the opening Test of the Steinlager Series against Wales at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Head coach Steve Hansen has named a squad boasting 720 caps but loose forward Savea and midfielder Tamanivalu are the new blood for the All Blacks from the bench.

Whilst the opposition might believe that we're vulnerable because it's our first Test and we have lost some experienced players, we don't have that mindset.

We have some very excited players who have trained well during the week and are getting the opportunity to make a statement about who they are and what the All Blacks jersey means to them.

We're well aware that this is a good Welsh team and not one that we'll underestimate and we're looking forward to the challenge that comes with playing Test match football, which involves high-pressure moments and huge physicality.

– Steven Hansen, New Zealand head coach

New Zealand starting XV: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Seta Tamanivalu.