CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Flanker Ryan Jones will captain Wales for a record 29th time against Samoa at Millennium Stadium on Friday after Sam Warburton was dropped to the reserves.
Jones wasn't considered for the autumn series opener in Cardiff last weekend, the 26-12 loss to Argentina, as he hurt his shoulder during Wales' training camp in Poland.
"I was bitterly, bitterly disappointed not to be involved last week," Jones said. "Just to be sat watching is a tough place to be.
"We need to get back to winning ways really. We need to put a few things right tactically and technically and we need to get a good result under our belt."
Warburton led Wales at the World Cup last year and in the Six Nations Grand Slam campaign this year, but made little impact against the Pumas and was one of eight changes, three enforced by injuries, made by interim coach Rob Howley.
Warburton was replaced on the openside flank by Justin Tipuric. Jones was in for Josh Turnbull, who damaged knee ligaments against Argentina, and was out of the autumn series along with lock Alun-Wyn Jones (shoulder). Hooker Matthew Rees was also not considered because of a calf muscle complaint.
Center Jamie Roberts, who left in the first half last Saturday with what Wales described as a mild concussion, will start again.
Also coming in were hooker Richard Hibbard, prop Paul James, lock Bradley Davies, scrumhalf Mike Phillips, flyhalf Dan Biggar, and center Ashley Beck.
Warburton, prop Gethin Jenkins, scrumhalf Tavis Knoyle, flyhalf Rhys Priestland and center Scott Williams, who all started against Argentina, were their backups.
"With a short six-day turnaround it was important for us to freshen things up and also make use of the competition for places we have within this squad," Howley said.
"In making changes we also needed to bring in some genuine experience. It is important to have leaders throughout the team and we are hoping the likes of Mike Phillips, who made a positive impact last week, can bring his experience to the side.
"Ryan reaches an impressive personal milestone, it will be a huge honour for him, but in the context of what happened last week his and the team's priorities are about producing a performance.
"We know we are under pressure to perform and that pressure is greatest from within. This squad has shown in the past that we have the character and resilience to get back to winning ways. We have every confidence that we will come back strongly on Friday night."
Jones will eclipse Ieuan Evans, who retired in 1998, for the captain's record.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Ashley Beck, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Toby Faletau, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones (captain), Ian Evans, Bradley Davies, Aaron Jarvis, Richard Hibbard, Paul James. Reserves: Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Andrews, Luke Charteris, Sam Warburton, Tavis Knoyle, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams