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Wales make five changes for All Blacks

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/06/2016

Veteran lock Alun Wyn Jones will become the fifth Wales player to reach the 100-Test milestone after being named to face the All Blacks in the first Test.

The 30-year-old will be joined in the starting XV with five players, including captain Sam Warburton, who missed their 27-13 defeat by England last month.

Warburton has recovered from a shoulder injury to take his place in the side for Saturday's match at Eden Park and Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Bradley Davies and Jonathan Davies also return.

Uncapped flanker Ellis Jenkins is poised to make his Test debut from the reserves bench.

Wales coach Warren Gatland says they are in no doubt of the challenge they face in Auckland.

"We are under no illusions how tough the Test series will be against the back-to-back world champions but the players are also aware how important this tour is," he said.

Wales' most-capped midfield pairing of Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts are expected to ask questions of the new-look All Blacks partnership of Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa.

"In the midfield, it's nice to have that experienced combination back," Gatland said.

New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe is named in the reserves.

Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (capt), Ross Moriarty, Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Samson Lee, Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins. Reserves: Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Scott Williams.

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