Alun Wyn Jones All Blacks v Wales: Wales coach Warren Gatland makes nine changes

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Stuff journalists Jackson Thomas and Duncan Johnstone discuss the final matches of the Rugby World Cup.

Outgoing Wales coach Warren Gatland has made nine changes to his starting side to take on the All Blacks in the third-place playoff in Tokyo on Friday.

Gatland, who like All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is in his last game in charge of his international side, has named a team significantly different to the one that lost its Rugby World Cup semifinal to South Africa 19-16.

Gatland will return to New Zealand after the World Cup to coach the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

Alun Wyn Jones Warren Gatland has made nine changes to his Wales side to take on the All Blacks.


Warren Gatland has made nine changes to his Wales side to take on the All Blacks.

With five changes to the backline that lost to the Springboks, New Zealand born midfielder Hadleigh Parkes is one of the regular starters who has been relegated to the bench for Owen Watkin, along with first-five eighth Dan Biggar who has been replaced by Rhys Patchell.

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In the other three changes to the backline, Tomos Williams starts at halfback for Gareth Davies, Hallam Amos will start at fullback for the injured Leigh Halfpenny and World Cup debutant Owen Lane replaces George North on the right-wing.

In the pack, Nicky Smith starts at loosehead prop for Wyn Jon

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