Roberts leading Wales on 2-test rugby tour in June

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Wales Jamie Roberts looks to evade Englands Jamie George.

Wales Jamie Roberts looks to evade Englands Jamie George. (Photo: photosportnz)

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Centre Jamie Roberts will captain Wales for the first time when he leads them to the south Pacific for rugby tests against Tonga and Samoa next month.

Roberts, capped 91 times by Wales, leads a 32-man squad featuring 13 newcomers, eight of them forwards.

Wales will play Tonga in Auckland in a doubleheader with the New Zealand-Samoa match on June 16, then travel to Apia to play Samoa on June 23.

"It's a proud moment for myself, but more importantly my family," Roberts said, "and a position of responsibility that I will take huge pride in."

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Wales: Forwards: Scott Baldwin, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Kristian Dacey, Seb Davies, Ryan Elias, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Ollie Griffiths, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Wyn Jones, James King, Samson Lee, Josh Navidi, Nicky Smith, Rory Thornton, Thomas Young. Backs: Cory Allen, Gareth Anscombe, Alex Cuthbert, Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Sam Davies, Steff Evans, Keelan Giles, Tyler Morgan, Jamie Roberts (captain), Owen Williams, Rhun Williams, Scott Williams, Tomos Williams.

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