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.
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.
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.
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.
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