Wales battle Fiji to battle for much-needed momentum and confidence in their third game of the Autumn Nations Series.
The Cardiff crowd are hoping to cheer on Wayne Pivac’s men after a heavy loss to New Zealand before suffering a painful loss to South Africa last week, with an opportunity against Australia next weekend.
There’s a lot of excitement in the team. Defense coach Gethin Jenkins is excited to see what impact Christ Tshiunza will have. The 19-year-old Exeter forward is ready to show what he can bring. Fiji pushed Wales at the World Cup two years ago, only to succumb to a comeback 10-0 after the breakout. And it promises to be a fun competition where Fiji’s DNA lends itself to an explosive rugby brand given its dominance in the sevens format.
The Contes also sees Ellis Jenkins, who is taking over the captaincy, three years after the Cardiff flanker’s first international match: “Of course I’m excited, but for me it’s just about really underpinning the performance of the last week. The captaincy doesn’t change too much for me. Of course, I have to make some decisions and talk to the referee, but otherwise I’ll try to play my game as usual.
“There have been days when I feel really good and think it’s going well and I’m confident. When my body feels good and I can train fully, then I am confident that I can play at this level and also support it. Of course, there are days when you don’t feel so good when the doubts arise. But it’s just trying to remember where you really come from and not get too carried away by the ups and downs. “
Here’s everything you need to know before Sunday’s game.