Test Series

Two front-row changes for Wales

Props Rob Evans and Tomas Francis have been included in Wales' team to face New Zealand in the third and final Test in Dunedin.

The inclusions of the front-row pair are the only changes made by head coach Warren Gatland, as the tourists seek a consolation victory following losses to the All Blacks in Auckland and Wellington.

Evans replaces the injured Gethin Jenkins, who has flown home with a calf injury, while Samson Lee drops to the bench to accommodate Francis' promotion to the starting XV.

Gatland has urged his players to show no fear against the world champions at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

"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," said Gatland.

"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.

"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."

Wales proved competitive in each of the first two Tests, only to ultimately be beaten 39-21 in the series opener and 36-22 last weekend.


Wales team for third Test against New Zealand: Rhys Patchell, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Ross Moriarty, Sam Warburton (captain), Toby Faletau.

Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams.