Wales drop captain Sam Warburton for Samoa

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WALES have dropped their Grand Slam winning captain Sam Warburton for Friday night's must-win clash at the Millennium Stadium with Samoa (kick-off 7.30pm).

The openside is on the bench with the in-fom Justin Tipuric replacing the flanker and Ryan Jones coming back from a shoulder injury to skipper the side from blindside after the shock 26-12 defeat to Argentina on Saturday.

Rhys Priestland has also been axed, Ospreys' Dan Biggar coming in at outside half for the Scarlets man who is also among the replacements.

And there is no room for former Newport Gwent Dragons star Luke Charteris in the starting XV although he is on the bench, Cardiff Blues' Bradley Davies preferred for the injured Alun Wyn Jones.

Loosehead prop Gethin Jenkins is a casualty after he was another who had a poor performance against the Pumas, Paul James being called on although the Toulon man is among the matchday squad.

Hooker Matthew Rees is unavailable with a calf injury while Mike Phillips is restored as first choice scrum half.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Ashley Beck, Jamie Roberts, George North; Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Aaron Jarvis, Bradley Davies, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones (capt), Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Andrews, Luke Charteris, Sam Warburton, Tavis Knoyle, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams.

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2:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Dai the Milk says...

No James Hook! They've treated him with disdain. He is the stand-out ten in France this year. A complete joke.
No James Hook! They've treated him with disdain. He is the stand-out ten in France this year. A complete joke. Dai the Milk
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2:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

rhinestine says...

The big head that is Jamie Roberts should be dropped, so should halfpenny, along with north and cuthbert, who all did nothing aganist Argentina.

the backs should be:

phillips
biggar

tom james
hook
beck
andy fenby
fussell

all on form.......end of
The big head that is Jamie Roberts should be dropped, so should halfpenny, along with north and cuthbert, who all did nothing aganist Argentina. the backs should be: phillips biggar tom james hook beck andy fenby fussell all on form.......end of rhinestine
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2:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Valleymonkey says...

Here's my prediction - Biggar will give away at least one intercepted try with a telegraphed pass.
Here's my prediction - Biggar will give away at least one intercepted try with a telegraphed pass. Valleymonkey
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6:34pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Euwan Usami says...

rhinestine wrote:
The big head that is Jamie Roberts should be dropped, so should halfpenny, along with north and cuthbert, who all did nothing aganist Argentina.

the backs should be:

phillips
biggar

tom james
hook
beck
andy fenby
fussell

all on form.......end of
I don't think you can blame the back 3 for the failings of the front 5 to be honest. See it every game with the Dragons. Any coach who dropped North, Cuthbert and Halfpenny would need therapy IMO too lol. ;)
[quote][p][bold]rhinestine[/bold] wrote: The big head that is Jamie Roberts should be dropped, so should halfpenny, along with north and cuthbert, who all did nothing aganist Argentina. the backs should be: phillips biggar tom james hook beck andy fenby fussell all on form.......end of[/p][/quote]I don't think you can blame the back 3 for the failings of the front 5 to be honest. See it every game with the Dragons. Any coach who dropped North, Cuthbert and Halfpenny would need therapy IMO too lol. ;) Euwan Usami
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7:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

SWBorderer says...

The coaches seem fixated on the idea that Roberts, North and Cuthbert are battering rams. They actually have other skills too but we are just too predictable.

I don't like Biggar, and he has failed in the past, but he does deserve his chance this season, it may be his last though.

The back row looks better and we really don't have anyone to replace Phillips at the moment.

Very surprised that Luke hasn't got a start.
The coaches seem fixated on the idea that Roberts, North and Cuthbert are battering rams. They actually have other skills too but we are just too predictable. I don't like Biggar, and he has failed in the past, but he does deserve his chance this season, it may be his last though. The back row looks better and we really don't have anyone to replace Phillips at the moment. Very surprised that Luke hasn't got a start. SWBorderer
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7:56pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Euwan Usami says...

SWBorderer wrote:
The coaches seem fixated on the idea that Roberts, North and Cuthbert are battering rams. They actually have other skills too but we are just too predictable.

I don't like Biggar, and he has failed in the past, but he does deserve his chance this season, it may be his last though.

The back row looks better and we really don't have anyone to replace Phillips at the moment.

Very surprised that Luke hasn't got a start.
Yeah agreed, it does look like a decent side in fairness. Luke is on the bench and he will get a run out for sure, maybe protecting him for the next two games?
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: The coaches seem fixated on the idea that Roberts, North and Cuthbert are battering rams. They actually have other skills too but we are just too predictable. I don't like Biggar, and he has failed in the past, but he does deserve his chance this season, it may be his last though. The back row looks better and we really don't have anyone to replace Phillips at the moment. Very surprised that Luke hasn't got a start.[/p][/quote]Yeah agreed, it does look like a decent side in fairness. Luke is on the bench and he will get a run out for sure, maybe protecting him for the next two games? Euwan Usami
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11:58pm Wed 14 Nov 12

jimmysmith says...

the front row will get smashed ,and we will be on the back foot through out the game .im at a loss to know how such a good side only 6mths ago can become such a bad side now
the front row will get smashed ,and we will be on the back foot through out the game .im at a loss to know how such a good side only 6mths ago can become such a bad side now jimmysmith
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