WALES have selected an all-Dragons back row of Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham and Aaron Wainwright to face New Zealand on Saturday.

The trio have been selected for the autumn opener against the All Blacks in Cardiff (kick-off 5.15pm), while Rodney Parade teammate Will Rowlands is on the bench.

The Dragons forwards will emulate Newport's Geoff Whitson, Glyn Davidge and Brian Cresswell, who played together twice against Scotland and Ireland in 1960.

The Swansea trio of Rob Appleyard, Colin Charvis and Stuart Davies started against France at Wembley 23 years ago.

Wales are without Bath's Taulupe Faletau and Wasps' Thomas Young because the Test is outside World Rugby's official window while Ellis Jenkins is injured.

That has led to Basham making his first Test start after coming off the bench against Canada and Argentina twice in the summer.

The 21-year-old from Talywain has earned his opportunity through dynamic displays for the Dragons and forms a familiar partnership with Moriarty and Wainwright.

The trio linked up against Canada in June when Basham came on to win his first cap and played in the United Rugby Championship fixtures against Connacht and the Stormers this month.

Rowlands has made an impressive start to life at Rodney Parade after his summer arrival from Wasps.

The Dragons lock backs up the Lions duo of Adam Beard and captain Alun Wyn Jones, who will make his 149th appearance for Wales to surpass Richie McCaw’s record of 148 appearances for New Zealand.

Gareth Anscombe makes his first Wales appearance for more than two years after suffering a serious knee injury ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

The Ospreys fly-half starts while other notable inclusions are Scarlets duo Johnny McNicholl and Johnny Williams at full-back and centre respectively.

Wales have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953, losing 31 successive games, with 16 of those defeats being in Cardiff.