Major overhaul for Wales

The Wales side that drew with Australia sees 14 changes for their Test against the Pacific Islands at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The captaincy mantel is passed from the injured Stephen Jones to prop Duncan Jones, who forms a new front-row with Chris Horsman and hooker Rhys Thomas.

“Duncan is awarded the captaincy after a sterling performance leading the team out in Argentina,” Wales coach Gareth Jenkins told BBC Sport

“He is one of many leaders in the squad capable of carrying the responsibility of leading his country.”

James Hook, who was impressive when he replaced Stephen Jones at flyhalf last Saturday, shifts to inside centre to accommodate pivot Ceri Sweeny, while Cardiff Blues scrumhalf Mike Philips replaces Dwayne Peel.

“A lot has been said about James Hook’s mature performance on Saturday for such a young man and we have decided to have another look at him this weekend, this time at inside centre,” Jenkins said when asked about Hook’s positional switch.

“We used him effectively in that position against the Pumas in the summer and he has featured there for his region so this is a chance to further assess his prospects.”

Sonny Parker plays his first game since coming out of retirement and will partner Hook in the midfield

Wales: 15 Kevin Morgan, 14 Mark Jones, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 James Hook, 11 Lee Byrne, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Alix Popham, 7 Gavin Thomas, 6 ALun Wyn Jones, 5 Michael Owen, 4 Robert Sidoli, 3 Chris Horsman, 2 Rhys Thomas, 1 Duncan Jones (c) Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Adam Jones, 18 G Jenkins, 19 Jonathan Thomas, 20 Gareth Cooper, 21 Gavin Evans, 22 Shane Williams