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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 19:52 GMT 20:52 UK

UK: Wales

Wales reshuffle for Jenkins record attempt

Neil Jenkins: Hoping to kick Michael Lynagh out of the record books

Wales have made five changes to their team to face Samoa in their last group match on Thursday, as fly-half Neil Jenkins gets ready to set a new all-time points record.

Jenkins is tied on 911 international points with Michael Lynagh of Australia and he is hoping to set a new world record by kicking his side to victory over the Pacific islanders.

Graham Henry's men go into this game undefeated in 10 Tests and they have won all their World Cup matches so far - but they are unlikely to be taking the match lightly.

Quinnell returns

Welshmen will be hard pressed to forget that in 1991 they suffered one of their most ignominious defeats at the hands of the Samoans - failing even to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup as a result.

However, the same result on Thursday is highly unlikely and the the New Zealander coach has selected a near full-strength side.

He has changed both wings, both locks and the number eight from the team that thrashed Japan in Group D on Saturday.

Second row Gareth Llewellyn replaces Craig Quinnell, who is being rested, while Chris Wyatt returns alongside him instead of Mike Voyle.

Scott Quinnell, who was injured for the Japan game, returns to number eight.

Henry has also ended his experiment of playing four centres and brings in specialist wingers Gareth Thomas and Dafydd James, instead of Jason Jones-Hughes and Allan Bateman.

Meanwhile, Samoa have made three changes to the side that lost 32-16 to Argentina on Sunday.

Centre To'o Vaega replaces George Leaupepe, lock Opeta Palepoi's drops to the bench for Lio Falaniko and flanker Craig Glendinning is back in ahead of Sene Ta'ala.


Wales: S Howarth (Newport), G Thomas (Cardiff), M Taylor (Swansea), S Gibbs (Swansea), D James (Llanelli), N Jenkins (Cardiff), R Howley (Cardiff, capt), P Rogers (Newport), G Jenkins (Swansea), D Young (Cardiff), G Llewellyn (Harlequins), C Wyatt (Llanelli), M Williams (Cardiff), B Sinkinson (Neath), S Quinnell (Llanelli).

Replacements: S Jones (Llanelli), N Walne (Cardiff), D Llewellyn (Newport), A Moore (Swansea), A Lewis (Cardiff), B Evans (Swansea), J Humphreys (Cardiff).

Samoa: S Leaega; A So'oalo, T Vaega, V Tuigamala, B Lima; S Bachop, S So'oialo; B Reidy, T Leota, R Ale, L Falaniko, L Tone, J Paramore, P Lam (capt), C Glendinning.

Replacements: G Leaupepe, E Va'a, J Clarke, S Sititi, S Ta'ala, M Mika, O Matauiau.

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