CORY Hill will become the first Dragons player to captain Wales since 2006 when he leads his country out against Argentina on Saturday.

The 16-times capped lock will skipper Warren Gatland’s side against the Pumas in San Juan (kick-off 7.40pm).

He will be joined in the XV by Rodney Parade teammates Elliot Dee and Hallam Amos, at hooker and full-back respectively, while back row forward Aaron Wainwright is set to win his first cap from the bench.

Dragons-bound number eight Ross Moriarty also keeps his place in a XV featuring eight changes from the 22-20 win against South Africa in Washington.

Hill was chosen as co-captain for the three-Test tour with Cardiff Blues flanker Ellis Jenkins.

The openside got first chance to lead out the team in last weekend’s win against the Springboks, producing a typically excellent performance at the breakdown.

Now it is the 26-year-old lock’s turn with Hill, who was also hugely influential against the Boks, becoming the 136th man to captain Wales.

The only other Dragon to skipper Wales is Michael Owen, who had the honour six times with the last occasion against France in the Six Nations 12 years ago.

Hill made his Test debut against Australia in the 2016 autumn series and has gone on to become a regular with Gatland describing him as “Wales’ most-improved player”.

The lock, who was named Dragons captain last summer, has played in all 10 Tests this season and will now get the honour of calling the shots on the field.

"It's a great opportunity for Cory," said Gatland. "Some players got a lot out of last weekend and Cory, as a senior tight five forward at the moment, had to step up.

"I am looking forward to seeing him lead the team  after Ellis Jenkins did a great job last weekend."

Josh Adams comes straight in on the right wing after being called up for the injured Steff Evans while George North is on the left flank after starting in midfield against the Springboks.

Centres Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams are paired together while Scarlets half-backs Gareth Davies and Rhys Patchell come in.

Loosehead Wyn Jones, lock Adam Beard and openside James Davies are included up front.

"We have made a number of changes for Saturday as we want to give as much opportunity to the squad as possible during this campaign," said Gatland.

"Last weekend was an important result in difficult conditions up in Washington and we know we have got two big tests ahead of us against Argentina.

"They are a side that come together full of confidence and it is important we take our opportunities.

"There is a lot of exciting youth in this squad and Saturday is a chance for them to continue building their experience on the test scene and to put a marker down."


15. Hallam Amos (16 Caps)

14. Josh Adams (2 Caps)

13. Scott Williams (55 Caps)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (7 Caps)

11. George North (74 Caps)

10. Rhys Patchell (8 Caps)

9. Gareth Davies (32 Caps)

1. Wyn Jones (9 Caps)

2. Elliot Dee (8 Caps)

3. Dillon Lewis (3 Caps)

4. Adam Beard (2 Caps)

5. Cory Hill (16 Caps) (CAPTAIN)

6. Seb Davies (5 Caps)

7. James Davies (1 Cap)

8. Ross Moriarty (21 Caps)


16. Ryan Elias (3 Caps)

17. Rob Evans (25 Caps)

18. Tomas Francis (31 Caps)

19. Josh Turnbull (8 Caps)

20. Aaron Wainwright (*Uncapped)

21. Aled Davies (9 Caps)

22. Gareth Anscombe (16 Caps)

23. Owen Watkin (5 Caps)