Wales change 8 for Fiji

2014-11-11 14:27
Gethin Jenkins (AFP Photo)

London - Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins will captain a rejigged Wales team for their clash with Fiji at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday, head coach Warren Gatland announced on Tuesday.

Gatland has elected to make eight changes to the team beaten 33-28 by Australia last weekend, although there is no place in the starting XV for recalled Gloucester flyhalf James Hook.

Jenkins takes over from Paul James in the front row, while Scott Baldwin of Ospreys will make his first Wales start at hooker.

Flank Sam Warburton, the regular captain, is being rested, but there are recalls in the backs for fit-again centre Scott Williams, flyhalf Rhys Priestland and scrumhalf Mike Phillips.

Priestland replaces Dan Biggar, who suffered a groin injury against the Wallabies, while Liam Williams moves from wing to fullback instead of Leigh Halfpenny, who went off with mild concussion during the Australia game.

Hook, who has won 76 caps, was drafted into the squad following the injury to Biggar, but despite media speculation that he could be named in the team to face Fiji, he was included among the replacements.

After playing Fiji, Gatland's side tackle world champions New Zealand on November 22 before welcoming South Africa to Cardiff a week later.

Fiji began their tour of Europe with a 40-15 defeat by France in Marseille on Saturday.


15 Liam Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Emyr Phillips, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Alun-Wyn Jones 20 James King, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Cory Allen


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