ROSS MORIARTY is hoping to make the most of his first start of the World Cup and help Wales book a quarter-final place today.
Ten days after toppling Australia to take charge of Pool D, the Six Nations champions tackle Fiji in Oita looking to clinch a last-eight spot with their final group game against Uruguay still to come.
Moriarty, 25, has had to make do with a role as an impact replacement in the two games so far but is back in the starting XV at number eight after winning praise from head coach Warren Gatland for his response to dropping to the bench.
‘I’ve got the start on Wednesday, and I am really excited for it,’ said Moriarty. ‘It won’t be easy but we have been working hard and we’ve done our analysis. They have some great individuals but so do we. I am excited to get a start and show everyone what I can do.’
Flanker James Davies also comes in, with Josh Navidi switching to blindside. Aaron Wainwright drops to the bench, while Justin Tipuric is not involved at all.
Assistant coach Robin McBryde said: ‘It’s an exciting mix. They are keen to make the most of their opportunities. We have to take it one day at a time.
‘Get the Fiji game out of the way first, and then we can fully focus on Uruguay. They will be big tests.’
■ 9 — Wins from 11 previous meetings for Wales over Fiji – who claimed their only victory in 2007 and drew the next encounter three years later. They last met at the 2015 World Cup, Wales winning 23-13 in Cardiff