Warburton left out for Samoa clash

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Sam Warburton has been dropped by Wales

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Sam Warburton has been dropped by Wales

Sam Warburton has been left out of the Wales team for Friday night's Millennium Stadium clash against Samoa.

Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton, who captained Wales at the World Cup last autumn, and in their Grand Slam-winning RBS Six Nations campaign last season, is replaced by Ospreys openside Justin Tipuric.

With Warburton on the bench, back-row forward Ryan Jones takes over as skipper and leads Wales for a record 29th time, eclipsing the mark he previously held jointly with Ieuan Evans.

Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley has made eight changes from the side beaten 26-12 at home by Argentina last weekend, with starts for Tipuric, Jones, centre Ashley Beck, fly-half Dan Biggar, scrum-half Mike Phillips, prop Paul James, hooker Richard Hibbard and lock Bradley Davies.

Centre Jamie Roberts, meanwhile, is named in the starting XV after going off in the first-half against Argentina with what the Welsh Rugby Union described as mild concussion.

Wales team to play Samoa at the Millennium Stadium on Friday, 7.30pm: L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), A Beck (Ospreys), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), G North (Scarlets), D Biggar (Ospreys), M Phillips (Bayonne).

P James (Bath), R Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jarvis (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), I Evans (Ospreys), R Jones (Ospreys, capt), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), G Jenkins (Toulon), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), L Charteris (Perpignan), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), T Knoyle (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets).

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