Grand Slam winners Wales will be looking to secure their place in the last eight of the Rugby Union world Cup as they face Fiji in Oita on Wednesday. After pervious wins over Georgia and Australia a third consecutive victory would ensure Wales will be involved in the quarter finals and put them in Pole postion to top the group with only lowly Uruguay left to face at the weekend.
The big news is that Fly half Dan Bigger as recovered from the head knock that saw him replaced during the win over Australia and will take his place in the starting line up.
To help keep some Welsh continuity head coach Warren Gatland has kept the majority of the side that beat Australia with the only changes coming in the back row as Jamie Davies comes in for the rested Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty will start with Aaron Wainwright who will start on the bench.
The inclusion of Davies means he will start alongside older brother Jonathan Davies for only the second time and the first during this world cup, which will make them the third such pair to do so following Paul and Richard Moriarty in 1987 and the Quinnell brothers Scott and Craig in 1999.
The reshuffle in the back row will see Moriarty start at number eight after coming of the bench in the two previous games, while Josh Navidi will switch to Blindside flanker.
In the only real change on the replacement bench Saracens prop Rhys Carre is brought in to replace Nicky Smith with will drop out of the match day 23.
Speaking in the build up to the game Gatland was full of praise for the Fijian side as he told reporters;
“Fiji have some quality individuals.
“They have got some real threats, and we have just got to make sure we focus on ourselves. It's going to be a tight game.
“They are dangerous, so we've got to make sure we shut their space down and shut their time on their ball and defend well.
“It important we start well and hopefully take a little bit of that excitement away from Fiji.
“It is their last game and I am sure they want to finish on a high and we don't want them to spoil the party for us.”
For their opponents Fiji, it will be their final match of the pool as they make just one change from the side that blew Georgia away 45-10 at the weekend. It was their first win of the tournament after impressing in the 39-21 defeat to Australia before suffering a shock defeat to Uruguay.
In comes Edinburgh number eight Viliame Mata who will be a straight swap for Peceli Yato who will start on the bench.
Wales: L Williams; North, Jonathan Davies, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; Wyn Jones, Owens, Francis, Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (C), Navidi, James Davies, Moriarty.
Replacements: Carre, Dee, Lewis, Shingler, Wainwright, T Williams, Patchell, Watkin.
Fiji: Murimurivalu; Tuisova, Nayacalevu, Botia, Radradra; Volavola, Lomani; Ma'afu, S Matavesi, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu (C), Kunatani, Mata.
Replacements: Dolokoto, Mawi, Ravai, Ratuniyarawa, Yato, Matawalu, Vatubua, J Matavesi.
Officials: Referee: Jerome Garces (France); Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Karl Dickson (England); TMO Ben Skeen (New Zealand).
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