Gatland names strong Wales team to face Fiji

Fiji versus Wales Rugby World Cup 2007

If Fiji can beat Wales and cause one of the upsets of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it will bring the Pacific island nation to a standstill, coach John McKee said Tuesday.

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.

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

Gatland said he has stressed why winning the pool undefeated is important regardless of who they will likely play in the quarter-finals - which will be decided by next weekend's clash between England and France. "I love a bit of banter like that, and I have no problem with comments like that".

"Firstly I'd like to say "Tips" (Justin Tipuric) and all the back row have been outstanding in my eyes and I was a little bit shocked to get the call", the Scarlets 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.

"You get disappointed with selection but it's about doing your best for the team then".

They did a thing where we had to guess whose tweet it was, and it was about the 2015 World Cup.

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.

Wales came in to this year's World Cup as the number one ranked team and they showed their might with a clinical win over Australia in their second Pool D match.

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