Scott Williams dropped for Wales' match against Samoa

Scott Williams
Scott Williams suffered facial damage against Tonga in Auckland
Test match: Samoa v Wales
Venue: Apia Park, Apia Date: 23 June Kick-off: 07:30 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Two Wales and online. Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales MW and online, Radio Cymru online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV (UK only).

Scott Williams has been dropped to the bench for Wales' second tour Test, against Samoa in Apia on Friday.

Scarlets centre Williams, who has won 47 caps, sees his starting place taken by Dragons' Tyler Morgan amid seven starting changes.

Ospreys lock Rory Thornton makes his debut with uncapped team-mate second row Adam Beard on the bench.

Cardiff Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams could also make his debut off the bench as understudy to Aled Davies.

Cory Allen replaces the injured Alex Cuthbert on the wing, so Ospreys' Keelan Giles must wait until the 2017-18 season to continue his challenge for a Wales cap.

Scrum-half Aled Davies, hooker Ryan Elias, tight-head prop Dillon Lewis and second row Thornton replace controversial Lions call-ups Gareth Davies, Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis and Cory Hill respectively.

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Aled Davies, Elias and Lewis made their Test debut in Wales' win over Tonga in Auckland last Friday.

Open-side flanker Ellis Jenkins takes over from Thomas Young who drops to the bench.

Tour coach Robin McBryde said: "We've heard throughout the week from local people how much Samoa values Wales as a rugby nation, and there's a weight of history behind that.

"That said, we've been reinforcing the message to the players that there will be nothing friendly about Friday's match.

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WRU members go on a community visit in Apia ahead of their match against Samoa

"Samoa will be smarting from their outing last Friday night at Eden Park against the All Blacks [where they lost 78-0 to Steve Hansen's side].

"We've got to be braced for a backlash, a partisan crowd, and look to keep building on the good things we showed in our win against Tonga.

"Training has been hard and the players have been extremely focused, knowing they've got one last chance this season to give a good account of themselves for their country."

Samoa have won four of the nine matches between the two sides, including famous World Cup wins in Cardiff in 1991 and 1999, as well as a comfortable 34-9 victory at home in Apia the last time Wales toured the Pacific Islands in 1994.

Samoa also ring changes

The Pacific Islanders make six changes and a positional switch against Wales, with fit-again Cardiff Blues centre Rey Lee-Lo among those coming in.

Lee-Lo will link up with Osprey Kieron Fonotia in midfield.

Bristol wing David Lemi is also back after injury, reclaiming the captaincy from Bath scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i.

Experienced Toulouse prop Census Johnston is missing for personal reasons, but is replaced by another French-based player in Stade Francais' Paul Alo-Emile.

Wellington Lions player Galu Taufale, 30, makes his debut at open-side flanker.

Other changes bring in D'Angelo Leuila at full-back and Alafoti Faosiliva at number eight, while Bristol's Alapati Leuia switches from centre to wing in place of the injured Albert Nikoro.

Wales team

Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues); Cory Allen (Ospreys), Tyler Morgan (Dragons), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins, capt), Steffan Evans (Scarlets); Sam Davies (Ospreys), Aled Davies (Scarlets); Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Blues), Seb Davies (Blues), Rory Thornton (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Ellis Jenkins (Blues), Josh Navidi (Blues).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Rhodri Jones (Ospreys), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Thomas Young (Wasps), Tomos Williams (Blues), Owen Williams (Gloucester), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

Samoa team

D'Angelo Leuila; Alapati Leiua, Kieron Fonotia, Reynold Lee-Lo, David Lemi (capt); Tusi Pisi, Kahn Fotuali'i; Viliamu Afatia, Maatulimanu Leiataua, Paul Alo-Emile, Chris Vui, Faatiga Lemalu, Piula Faasalele, Galu Taufale, Fata Alafoti Faosiliva.

Replacements: Seilala Lam, Nephi Leatigaga, Bronson Fotualii-Tauakipulu, Faifili Levave, Vavae Tuilagi, Dwayne Polataivao, Henry Taefu, Tila Mealoi.

Wales v Samoa - the complete story
14 June, 1986 — Western Samoa 14-32 Wales (Apia Park, Apia)
12 November, 1988 — Wales 28-6 Western Samoa (National Stadium, Cardiff)
6 October, 1991 — Wales 13-16 Western Samoa (National Stadium, Cardiff)
25 June, 1994 — Western Samoa 34-9 Wales (Moama, Apia)
14 October, 1999 — Wales 31-38 Samoa (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
11 November, 2000 — Wales 50-6 Samoa (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
13 November, 2009 — Wales 17-13 Samoa (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)
18 September, 2011 — Wales 17-10 Samoa (Hamilton, Rugby World Cup)
16 November, 2012 — Wales 19-26 Samoa (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

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