Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

Ruben Hill
October 9, 2019

James Davies jokingly told Warren Gatland he had "finally seen the light" after being named in Wales' side to face Fiji - but is serious about making the most of a chance to start at the Rugby World Cup.

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

"Fijians are majorly passionate about their rugby and their national teams", McKee said.

"I loved that - I thought it was brilliant, a great response".

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.

The centre became the first player from a second-tier nation to be directly involved in five tries in a single World Cup game when he crossed twice and also provided three assists in the rout of Georgia. "It wasn't easy back then and it's definitely not going to be easy now", the 33-year-old flanker said.

After wins already in Japan over Georgia (43-14) and Australia (29-25), a shock loss to Fiji would not this time end the tournament for Wales, but it would make it harder for them to claim the top spot in Pool D.

Coach McKee will be relying on these established combination to counter the Welsh upfront and has a huge boost with impact players Yato, Ravai, Dolokoto to pack some power off the bench.

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

Wales won their first two Pool D games and will secure a quarter-final place with victory in Oita. We're excited to represent the country and keep this good form we're showing. "From our attacking aspect, we have certainly got factors we need to improve", he said.

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