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Wales Makes Five Changes for Rugby Match Against New Zealand

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Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland made five changes to the team to play world champion New Zealand in Cardiff next weekend

Center Jonathan Davies, fly-half Rhys Priestland, hooker Matthew Rees, lock Luke Charteris and captain Sam Warburton come into the team for the Nov. 24 match.

Wales lost 26-19 to Samoa four days ago, having previously been beaten by Argentina.

Gatland is back in charge after doing preparatory work as coach of the British and Irish Lions, who tour Australia next year.

Wales team:

L. Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A. Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), J. Davies (Scarlets), J. Roberts (Cardiff Blues), G. North (Scarlets); R. Priestland (Scarlets), M. Phillips (Bayonne); P. James (Bath), M. Rees (Scarlets), A. Jarvis (Ospreys), B. Davies (Cardiff Blues), L. Charteris (Perpignan), R. Jones (Ospreys), S. Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt.), T. Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K. Owens (Scarlets), G. Jenkins (Toulon), S. Andrews (Cardiff Blues), A. Shingler (Scarlets), J. Tipuric (Ospreys), T. Knoyle (Scarlets), J. Hook (Perpignan), S. Williams (Scarlets).

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