Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

Wales name strong starting XV for Fiji World Cup clash

Oita (Japan) (AFP) - Wales will look to ramp up their performance to another level against Fiji on Wednesday, amid constant reminders of their costly loss to the Pacific islanders in the 2007 World Cup. They have outscored their opponents 106-26 in the most recent three meetings - Fiji will be aiming for back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories for the first time since 2007, having defeated Georgia last time out.

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

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.

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

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.

The front five remain the same from Wales' opening two victories against Georgia and Australia.

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Navidi has played 21 caps for the Welsh.

Wales are on track to win Pool D and set up a quarter-final against the loser of next weekend's clash between England and France.

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

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.

Davies will be making his first World Cup appearance, joining his brother Jonathan in the lineup for the second time in their careers. "Irrelevant of the occasion, we just want to get the win mostly", said Jonathan, who will start at outside center.

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