Gareth Thomas will become the first Welshman to win 100 caps when he leads the team out against Fiji, at the Stade La Beaujoire, Nantes, on Saturday, 29 September with a 1600 BST KO. The winners of the match will advance to a quarter-final meeting with South Africa in Marseille’s Velodrome on Sunday, 7 October.
The Wales skipper has recovered from a rib injury to play at full-back in the World Cup Pool B quarter-final decider. Dwayne Peel is preferred at 9, with Stephen Jones and James Hook continuing as the 10-12 partnership. 2nd Row Ian Evans will make his first start having come on successfully as a replacement against Japan. Full-back Thomas, wing Mark Jones and centre Tom Shanklin return to a strong-looking back line, while prop Gethin Jenkins and hooker Matthew Rees join Evans in coming into the pack.
Wales Team V Fiji
Backs: G Thomas(C), M Jones, T Shanklin, J Hook, S Williams, S Jones, D Peel.
Forwards: G Jenkins, M Rees, C Horsman, AW Jones, I Evans, C Charvis, M Williams, A Popham.
Replacements: TR Thomas, D Jones, I Gough, M Owen, M Phillips, J Robinson, D James.