Wales select the big guns against Australia

Saturday at 2.00pm the crunch game in pool B kicks-off in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Colin Charvis, Stephen Jones and Gareth Thomas will start for Wales against Australia on Saturday. Jones and Thomas come in at fly-half and full-back for James Hook and Kevin Morgan, after successfully replacing the two in the opening win over Canada. Charvis who put himself about when he came on is favoured over Alix Popham in the back row, with Jonathan Thomas moving to No.8.

Loose-head prop Gethin Jenkins will become the 18th Welsh player to reach 50 caps when he runs out on Saturday.

Wales Team V Australia

Backs: G Thomas (capt), M Jones, T Shanklin, S Parker, S Williams, S Jones, D Peel.
Forwards: G Jenkins, M Rees, A Jones, I Gough, AW Jones, C Charvis, M Williams, J Thomas.
Replacements: T Rhys Thomas, D Jones, M Owen, A Popham, M Phillips, J Hook, K Morgan.