Autumn Internationals: Gethin Jenkins returns to captain Wales against Fiji
Last Updated: 11/11/14 3:41pm
Gethin Jenkins will return to captain the Wales team when they face Fiji in their second Autumn international in Cardiff on Saturday.
Jenkins, who is his country’s most capped player, will start in the front-row alongside debutant hooker Scott Baldwin and will skipper the team for the fourth time as Sam Warburton is rested.
The 33-year-old’s inclusion is one of eight changes coach Warren Gatland has made to the side that lost 33-28 to Australia at the Millennium Stadium last weekend.
Warburton is replaced by Justin Tipuric while Bradley Davies and Luke Charteris come into the second-row.
Liam Williams starts at fullback in place of Leigh Halfpenny, who went off with concussion in the first half of the defeat by the Wallabies.
Fly-half Dan Biggar suffered a groin injury last weekend and he is replaced by Rhys Priestland who partners recalled scrum-half Mike Phillips.
Wales also welcome back centre Scott Williams following his recovery from injury.
"We have made a number of changes, but we are going out there with what we think is a strong side to take on Fiji," said coach Warren Gatland.
"We were pleased with the performance last week and we will be looking to build on that and get the result we want this weekend.
"We have made some changes, some have been enforced due to injury but we don't feel it weakens the side."
Wales team to face Fiji: L Williams (Scarlets); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Scarlets), J Roberts (Racing Metro), G North (Northampton); R Priestland (Scarlets), M Phillips (Racing Metro); G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues, capt), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), B Davies (Wasps), L Charteris (Racing Metro), D Lydiate (unattached), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: E Phillips (Scarlets), N Smith (Ospreys), R Jones (Scarlets), A-W Jones (Ospreys), J King (Ospreys), R Williams (Scarlets), J Hook (Gloucester), C Allen (Cardiff Blues).