Rugby Union: Triple Grand Slam winner Ryan Jones will make Welsh rugby history on Friday when he replaces Sam Warburton as captain for the Dragons’ Millennium Stadium clash against Samoa.
The Ospreys flanker takes the leadership reins for a record 29th time as the hosts look to bounce back from their loss to Argentina.
Jones said: “We need to get back into winning ways. We need to put a few things right tactically and technically, and we need to get a good result under our belt.”
World Cup skipper Warburton begins on the bench alongside four others who started against the Pumas, namely Rhys Priestland, Tavis Knoyle, Gethin Jenkins and Scott Williams.
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.
Interim coach Rob Howley said: “In making changes, we also needed to bring in some genuine experience. We know we are under pressure to perform and that pressure is greatest from within.”
Meanwhile Scotland can leapfrog Ireland in the world rankings and move up to eighth if they can repeat their 2010 triumph over South Africa at Murrayfield this Saturday.
Coach Andy Robinson recalls tighthead prop Euan Murray and picking David Denton to replace Ross Rennie (dislocated shoulder).
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “We have to be smart in how we approach this game and do our utmost to ensure we get on the front foot and get the result that will move us into the top eight in the IRB world rankings ahead of next month’s 2015 Rugby World Cup draw.”