WALES captain Sam Warburton has been dropped to the bench for the Test against Samoa in Cardiff tomorrow.
Warburton, who led Wales to a Six Nations Grand Slam this year, has admitted struggling to find his top form in a Cardiff Blues side who have lost five of their Pro12 matches this season.
Interim coach Rob Howley has made eight changes to the side beaten 12-26 by Argentina on Saturday.
Justin Tipuric is set to replace Warburton at open-side flanker, with blindside Ryan Jones taking on the armband to surpass Ieuan Evans’s record of 28 matches as Wales captain.
Wales must win tomorrow to avoid a fifth successive defeat under Howley, who is filling in while Warren Gatland fulfils his duties as British and Irish Lions head coach.