Grand Slam winner Warburton dropped by struggling Wales

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.