wales welcomes faletau for world cup opener, morgan to captain

Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland has expressed his confidence in the abilities of Taulupe Faletau, who is set to make his comeback for Wales in their World Cup clash against Fiji. Faletau, who has been out of action for four months due to a collarbone injury, is expected to bring his experience and skill to the team.

Gatland also praised the performance of 19-year-old debutant Jac Morgan, who made an impressive appearance in Wales’ win against Uruguay. Morgan’s strong performance has earned him a place on the bench for the upcoming match against Fiji.

Meanwhile, Gatland has made several changes to the starting lineup for the Fiji match. Cory Hill and Adam Beard will start in the second row, while James Davies and Justin Tipuric will join Aaron Wainwright in the back row. Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar will form the half-back pairing, with Josh Adams, Hadleigh Parkes, Jonathan Davies, and Liam Williams completing the backline.

Gatland emphasized the importance of this match, stating that Wales cannot afford to underestimate Fiji. He acknowledged Fiji’s attacking threat and highlighted the need for his team to be disciplined and focused throughout the game.

In addition, Gatland confirmed that Dewi Lake will be joining the squad as an injury replacement for Jake Ball. Lake, who plays for the Ospreys, will provide cover for the hooker position.

Overall, Gatland is confident in his team’s ability to perform well against Fiji. With Faletau’s return, Morgan’s promising debut, and a strong starting lineup, Wales aims to secure another victory in their World Cup campaign.

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