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Sam Warburton replaces Ellis Jenkins in Wales v Chiefs

Sam Warburton will replace Ellis Jenkins Credit: PA

Sam Warburton will replace Ellis Jenkins in their game against Chiefs today.

Jenkins will miss the match due to a tight thigh and Warburton comes straight into the starting fifteen.

There is also one change on the bench with Taulupe Faletau replacing Ross Moriarty.

Luke Charteris will still captain the side.

Kick off is at 7.35am British time


Warburton urges Wales to be brave against New Zealand.

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Sam Warburton will give his players a simple message when they attempt to turn back the clock against world champions New Zealand in Saturday's first Test - who dares, wins.

The Welsh skipper, fit to return to action in Auckland after a six-week stint on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, wants his team to be bold as they attempt to become the first team since France in 1994 to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park.

If they can do that it would be one of the biggest upsets in the game's recent history and would end a 63-year wait for a fourth win over New Zealand.

The players are extremely motivated given the very poor record we've got against New Zealand and we are all desperate to change that.

We will be a hugely motivated group on Saturday. We are going to have to take a few risks and we can't afford to be conservative and expect to win.

The thing with New Zealand is you're only ever one mistake away from conceding seven points and two from 14 points - the scoreboard can change within the click of your fingers.

Being able to concentrate for the full 80 is very important. You have to take risks - he who dares, wins

– Sam Warburton, Wales Captain

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.


Gatland to name Wales v England warm up squad

Warren Gatland will announce his squad later for Wales' match against England on Sunday, May 29.

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The pre-tour warm-up game at Twickenham is Wales' last outing before they fly out for their three-test tour of New Zealand at the end of the month.

Wales will be without skipper Sam Warburton this weekend while he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

However, he is on course for the June 11th first Test against New Zealand in Auckland.

Lock Alun Wyn Jones is expected to make his comeback after overcoming a long-standing foot problem.

Assistant coach Robin McBryde has warned that the match is merely a stepping stone for bigger things ahead as they work towards playing the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand.

But the pain of their Six Nations no-show against England that arguably cost them the title, is not forgotten.

Dan Lydiate still hurting from Six Nations defeat to England

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Dan Lydiate has admitted that Wales still feel the pain of their Six Nations no-show against England that arguably cost them this season's title.

Lydiate and company return to Twickenham on Sunday for another appointment with their fierce rivals.

This time, there will be no Six Nations points at stake, just important preparation before Wales head off on a demanding three-Test mission against the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand.

We've got a chance now to play against the Grand Slam-winning side, and the boys are really looking forward to it.

We are still scratching our heads now about the first-half. It was tough watching it back, and nobody wants to feel like we did after that game again. We've just got to make sure our preparation is right and we fly into the game.

All credit to England, they flew into us and we were found wanting. We weren't at the races at all.

– Dan Lydiate, Wales Flanker
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