Wales wary of Fiji's giantkiller reputation

Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland

Head coach Warren Gatland has made two changes in the back row for their Pool D game against Fiji, but has kept Navidi, underlining his versatility by switching him from number eight to blindside flanker.

"Fijians are majorly passionate about their rugby and their national teams", McKee said. "I don't think there would be too much happening for the next couple of days as everyone celebrates", he said, adding Oita Stadium's "hard and fast pitch" would suit Fiji's expansive running game.

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' 66-0 win against Fiji in 2011 remains the only time they have shut out their opponents at a Rugby World Cup - Alun Wyn Jones has now made the most tackles (162) by any player for Wales in the history of the tournament.

Dan Biggar also retains his place in the starting side, having failed a HIA during the crucial win against Australia.

Fiji played exceptional rugby in their opener against Australia until early in the second half when a 21-20 lead faded to a 39-21 loss and they were then shocked 30-27 by Uruguay before bouncing back to thump Georgia 45-10.

Wales won their first two Pool D games and will secure a quarter-final place with victory in Oita.

Coach Warren Gatland has retained 13 of the starting XV from the side who beat fellow Pool D heavyweights Australia on September 29.

James Davies replaces rested Justin Tipuric, while number eight Ross Moriarty comes in for Aaron Wainwright.

Davies will be making his first World Cup appearance, joining his brother Jonathan in the lineup for the second time in their careers. "From our attacking aspect, we have certainly got factors we need to improve", he said.

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