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Rob Evans and Tomas Francis return to Wales front row

Published 22/06/2016

Rob Evans has been brought into Wale' front row to face New Zealand
Rob Evans has been brought into Wale' front row to face New Zealand

Rob Evans and Tomas Francis have been drafted into the Wales front row for their final shot at New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday.

Both players move up off the replacements bench, with Evans taking over at loose head from the injured Gethin Jenkins and Francis swapping places with Samson Lee.

They are the only changes to the walk-on team that went down 36-22 to the world champions in Wellington last weekend. Jenkins, Wales' record cap holder, went home earlier in the week with a calf injury.

Joining him on the plane were Josh Turnbull and Bradley Davies. Davies' place among the replacements is taken by another Scarlets front five forward, Jake Ball, while Aaron Jarvis comes in to cover for Evans

Wales skipper Sam Warburton will become only the 10th player to play 50 Tests as an international captain (including two for the British & Irish Lions) when he leads his country for the 48th time.

"We have played some good rugby in the first two Tests and we want to finish the tour on Saturday with an 80-minute performance that we are happy with," said Wales coach Warren Gatland.

"We improved going into the second Test and fought to the end and this weekend we have to have the belief and confidence that we can take the victory.

"Playing under the roof in Dunedin will be a great atmosphere and a quick track and we need to take our game to the All Blacks."

Wales: Rhys Patchell (Cardiff Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Luke Charteris (Racing 92), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

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