Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

  • Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

Both changes in the run-on side are in the back row with Ross Moriarty and James Davies coming in at number eight and openside flanker, with Josh Navidi switching to the blindside.

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". It came up, and I thought it couldn't be me, but it was, so I had to do a forfeit.

Tipuric is likely to return for the game against Uruguay, so Davies understands the need to produce a big performance at Oita Stadium on Wednesday.

Davies will join his brother -centre Jonathan - in the starting line-up for a game that will see Wales reach the quarter-finals if they win.

"It was a bit tongue in cheek", Davies said.

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

"I have just worked hard, really, every training session".

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.

"We're well aware that we're only halfway through the pool stages", he said.

Fly-half Dan Biggar is selected having been passed fit after suffering a head injury in the victory against Australia. Rhys Patchell did a solid job as a replacement against the Wallabies, but Gatland has decided Biggar is better for the clash with Fiji.

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

Following that historical victory, in 2011 NZ and 2015 England Rugby World Cups went down in tight fought battles.

The Fijians gave Wales a run for their money in their previous World Cup meeting four years ago, eventually going down 23-13 in Cardiff. Only Taulupe Faletau (130) has managed more carries than Wyn Jones' tally of 128.