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Wales make five changes for second Test against Argentina

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Warren Gatland has decided to mix things up for the next match in Santa Fe

Wales have made five changes to their starting XI for the second Test against Argentina.

Owen Watkin replaces the injured Hadleigh Parkes at inside-centre for the clash in Sante Fe on Saturday, while Aled Davies starts at scrum-half at the expense of his Scarlets colleague Gareth Davies.

Owen Watkin has replaced the injured Hadleigh Parkes for Wales

Ryan Elias and Tomas Francis come into the front row and flanker Ellis Jenkins replaces his Cardiff Blues team-mate Seb Davies.

Wales are looking for a second successive win over Argentina, having clinched a 23-10 win in San Juan last weekend.

Coach Warren Gatland said: “We’ve made five changes to the starting line-up as we want to see a few players from the start and give those players a bit more opportunity.

“Looking at the objectives of this tour, we are right on track, we have won two games from two but more importantly we have exposed players to Test match rugby.

“We have given more opportunity and that was the aim coming in.”

“We’ve made five changes to the starting line-up as we want to see a few players from the start and give those players a bit more opportunity,” Gatland said of his team selection.

“Looking at the objectives of this tour, we are right on track, we have won two games from two, but more importantly we have exposed players to Test match rugby.

“We have given more opportunity and that was the aim coming in.

“We want to go home three from three but we know the challenge that we are up against this weekend and we also are looking at the bigger picture.

“We might have picked a slightly different team if it was just about results, but it is about more than that, it is about building for 2019 and we are on the right track.

“Both Cory (Hill) and Ellis have been great on tour as co-captains. This week with them both in the side we have just gone for a bit of continuity with Cory doing the job as he did last weekend.

“Additionally, we are asking Ellis to play at six, so this allows him to concentrate on that role on Saturday.”


Wales left several of their established names at home this summer to give inexperienced players a taste of international rugby 15 months from the start of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

But Wales have still managed to beat South Africa in Washington DC, as well as outplaying Argentina on home soil last weekend.

Jenkins comes in at blindside flanker to link up with James Davies on the openside and Ross Moriarty at number eight.

There is a new look front row with Elias and Francis making their first starts of the tour alongside Rob Evans.

Scrum-half Davies also gets his first start as Watkin replaces the injured Hadleigh Parkes, who has suffered a compound fracture to his finger.

Prop forward Samson Lee also misses out and has returned home due to a back injury.



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