September 29. 2015
Rugby World Cup Lineups: Wales v Fiji
October 1, 2015
Wales v Fiji, Pool A, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Kickoff 16:45-11:45am ET
Wales met Fiji in 2014 in Wales winning a close match by 4 points.
Referee: John Lacey; Assistant Referee: Jerome Garces, Mathieu Raynal; TV Match Official: George Ayoub
Fiji make six changes to their starting XV against Wales, mainly due to injuries and suspensions. They will field their most experienced XV at a Rugby World Cup with 392 caps in the starting XV. Wing Timoci Nagusa, replaces the injured Waisea Nayacalevu.
Wales has three changes in the backs, two of them because of injuries. Wales replaced the injured Scott Williams and Hallam Amos with James Hook and Gareth Anscombe. Wales have had to replace six injured players, five from their original 31-man squad and one player who was a replacement,Eli Walker.
Tyler Morgan will make his Rugby World Cup debut at outside-centre.
By virtue of beating England, Wales is in a great position to advance to the quarterfinals. They currently are 2-0 in the Pool, but they can’t over look a dangerous and talented Fiji side as the Australia match nears.
Fiji had the scheduling misfortune to have played both England and Australia in successive matches. They find themselves entering the match at 0-2. Pride is at stake and they hope for glory against a team that has been ravaged by injuries and coming off an emotional high.
Wales Ranked 2nd: HC Warren Gatland Starters: 1. Gethin Jenkins 2. Scott Baldwin 3. Tom Francis 4. Bradley Davies 5. Alun Wyn Jones 6. Dan Lydiate 7. Sam Warburton (c) 8. Taulupe Faletau 9. Gareth Davies 10. Dan Biggar 11. George North 12. Jamie Roberts 13. Tyler Morgan 14. Alex Cuthbert 15. Matthew Morgan Replacements: 16. Ken Owens 17. Aaron Jarvis 18. Samson Lee 19. Luke Charteris 20. Justin Tipuric 21. Lloyd Williams 22. Rhys Priestland 23. James Hook
Fiji Ranked 10th: HC John McKee Starters: 1. Campese Ma’afu 2. Sunia Koto 3. Manasa Saulo 4. Tevita Cavubati 5. Leone Nakarawa 6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu 7. Akapusi Qera (Captain) 8. Netani Talei 9. Nemia Kenatale 10. Ben Volavola 11. Aseli Tikoirotuma 12. Lepani Botia 13. Vereniki Goneva 14. Timoci Nagusa 15. Metuisela Talebula Replacements: 16. Viliame Veikoso 17. Peni Ravia 18. Leeroy Atalifo 19. Nemia Soqeta 20. Malakai Ravulo 21. Henry Seniloli 22. Joshua Matavesi 23. Kini Murimurivalu