Wales take on New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup bronze final tomorrow morning (1st November, 09:00 GMT).

The Dragons fell to defeat by virtue of South Africa in their semi-final (19-16), whilst New Zealand were beaten by England (19-7) against all odds.


Warren Gatland has made nine changes to Wales’ semi-final team, for his last game in charge.

Hallam Amos replaces Halfpenny at full-back, while top try-scorer Josh Adams completes the back three.

Hadleigh Parks misses out in midfield, with Owen Watkins as the beneficiary.

Parkes will be joined on the bench by Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar, with half-backs Rhys Patchell and Tomas Williams handed starts.

Ken Owens stays at hooker with Elliot Dee handed a seventh replacement role in the tournament, while props Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis start with regular Wyn Jones.

Adam Beard is handed a start alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones, while James Davies replaces Wainwright in the back-row, where he will play alongside Justin Tipuric and the Saint Helens born Ross Moriarty.

New Zealand

For the All Blacks, there are seven personnel changes, as Scott Barrett moves from flanker to lock with Shannon Frizzell and Sam Cane back in the back-row.

Dane Coles starts as hooker, while Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith are out wide.

Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty come in at the centre of the pitch.

It’s a game no one wants to play, but both sides go into the match attempting to bow out of the World Cup gracefully – as third place victors.

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