Jones set to make history

Ryan Jones will lead Wales for a record 29th time

Ryan Jones will lead Wales for a record 29th time

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Triple Grand Slam winner Ryan Jones will make Welsh rugby history when he replaces Sam Warburton as captain in Friday night's Millennium Stadium clash against Samoa.

The Ospreys flanker will captain the team for a 29th time to set a new record and accepts that Wales must rediscover their winning formula as he prepares to play in a team showing eight changes from last weekend's dire loss to Argentina.

"We need to get back into winning ways," Jones said. "We need to put a few things right tactically and technically, and we need to get a good result under our belt. There is a feeling and a real desire to put it right this week, which is what we need."

Warburton, current favourite to skipper the British and Irish Lions in Australia next summer, has seen 23-year-old Ospreys openside Justin Tipuric handed the Wales number seven shirt.

Warburton, Wales' World Cup leader in New Zealand last autumn and a Grand Slam-winning Six Nations skipper earlier this year, is on the bench alongside four other players - Rhys Priestland, Tavis Knoyle, Gethin Jenkins and Scott Williams - who started against Argentina.

Jones replaces knee ligament victim Josh Turnbull, with lock Bradley Davies taking over from Alun-Wyn Jones (shoulder) and hooker Richard Hibbard in for Matthew Rees (calf muscle).

Elsewhere, there are starts for centre Ashley Beck, fly-half Dan Biggar, scrum-half Mike Phillips and prop Paul James as Wales target a first victory since they beat the Barbarians more than five months ago.

Coach Rob Howley said: "With a short six-day turnaround it was important for us to freshen things up and also make use of the competition for places we have within this squad, something which has been a key ingredient for the success of the squad over the last 18 months.

"In making changes, we also needed to bring in some genuine experience.

"It is important to have leaders throughout the team, and we are hoping the likes of Mike Phillips, who made a positive impact last week (off the bench), can bring his experience to the side."

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