Patrick McKendry is a rugby and boxing writer for the Herald.

All Blacks: Warren Gatland makes two changes to Wales

Liam Williams will move to fullback for the second test against the All Blacks. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Liam Williams will move to fullback for the second test against the All Blacks. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made two changes to his team for the second test against the All Blacks in Wellington.

In a move which might raise eyebrows in Wales and beyond, Gatland has switched fullback Liam Williams - one of his team's best in the first-test loss at Eden Park - to the right wing in place of the injured George North. Rhys Patchell will wear the No15 jersey.

The other change involves Luke Charteris, the lock who captained Wales to their 40-7 defeat against the Chiefs in Hamilton, starting alongside Alun Wyn Jones. Bradley Davies has been dropped to the reserves bench.

"It is important we go out on Saturday with the confidence to play for 80 minutes in what will be another huge test match," said Gatland.

"We kept the ball and played well for periods of the first test and we need to convert that to the full 80.

"It will be another huge occasion, in a packed out stadium in Wellington and we are determined to build on our first test performance."

Gatland was always going to name a relatively settled side for the second test after his mid-week players failed to put their hands up at Waikato Stadium. New fullback Patchell will mark Israel Dagg, the Crusaders No15 called into an All Blacks match-day squad for the first time since July last year following coach Steve Hansen's decision to select regular fullback Ben Smith on the left wing in place of Julian Savea.

Wales team to play All Blacks:
Rhys Patchell, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (c), Ross Moriarty, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Samson Lee.

Reserves: Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams.

- NZ Herald

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