Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

Ross Houston
October 9, 2019

Wales are on track to win Pool D and set up a quarter-final against the loser of next weekend's clash between England and France.

Georgia with five points sits in fourth with Uruguay out of the race on 4 points.

Further alterations to the back row see Josh Navidi move to blindside flanker, with Ross Morarity coming in at No 8 as Aaron Wainwright drops to the bench. Fiji won 38-34 when the nations met in the 2007 tournament, a result that saw them progress to the knockout stages at the expense of Gareth Jenkins' side.

Head coach Warren Gatland, who has kept most of his first choice line up together for the first two matches, has called for an explosive start "to hopefully take a little bit of that excitement away from Fiji".

"It's a huge disappointment when you get knocked out in the group stages", he recalled.

Gatland told the media: "When I congratulated James and said well done, his reply was: 'You have finally seen the light, have you?' - he said he was only joking. You working hard makes the team train a bit better and that's just what I've done I guess".

Fiji now sit in third place on the pool D ladder with 7 points, Australia is in first place with 11 points and Wales is in second with 9 points.

Wales came in to this year's World Cup as the number one ranked team and they showed their might with a clinical win over Australia in their second Pool D match.

Though they have already been eliminated from quarterfinal contention, the New Zealander said victory over the world No. 2 side Wednesday at Oita Stadium would make the tournament a success in the eyes of many Fijian fans.

"That was one of the tough games we played that year".

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