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Wales coach Warren Gatland teased after team selection for Fiji match

Wales coach Warren Gatland teased after team selection for Fiji match”

Further alterations to the back row see Josh Navidi move to blindside flanker, with Ross Morarity coming in at No 8 as Aaron Wainwright drops to the bench.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones says they won't get complacent, given their failure against the same opposition in 2007. Saying: 'When I told James he was playing and said well done, he replied: you have finally seen the light, have you? He said he was only joking, but I have no problem with a comment like that, not just because I like a bit of banter but it says to me that a player believes in his own ability and thinks he is good enough to be in the side'.

"It was a bit tongue in cheek", Davies said.

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

"I have just worked hard, really, every training session".

Five of the Wales starting.

Viliame Mata replaces Peceli Yato at number eight as the Flying Fijians aim to produce one more big performance in Japan - and perhaps pull off an even bigger shock than they managed 12 years ago.

"We're well aware that we're only halfway through the pool stages", he said.

The backline is unchanged with Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar, who failed a head injury assessment during the win against Australia on September 29, named as the halves. Rhys Patchell did a solid job as a replacement against the Wallabies, but Gatland has decided Biggar is better for the clash with Fiji.

- Wales have won nine of their previous 11 meetings against Fiji (D1 L1).

Though they have already been eliminated from quarterfinal contention, the New Zealander said victory over the world No. 2 side Wednesday at Oita Stadium would make the tournament a success in the eyes of many Fijian fans.

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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