Matthew Morgan will make his first start for Wales against Fiji on Thursday as Warren Gatland makes three changes to his starting XV
Matthew Morgan will be thrown in at the deep end on first start for Wales, being named at full-back for the crunch game against Fiji on Thursday.
The 5ft 8in Bristol player will be up agains the gigantic Fijian backs, but he will not have to square up against the biggest of them all as Nemani Nadolo – weighing in at eight stone heavier than Morgan – is banned for the game.
The Wales squad was already pretty thin on the ground before the England game on Saturday, but added injuries to Hallom Amos, Liam Williams and Scott Williams have seen coach Warren Gatland call up a host of replacements.
Two of those replacements will feature on Thursday, with Tyler Morgan – called up for Corey Allen after the win against Uruguay – starting at centre and James Hook taking a place on the bench after being added to the squad this week.
The pair of Morgans are two of three changes made by Gatland to the starting XV who beat England, with Alex Cuthbert coming in on the wing to replace Amos, who has been ruled out of the rest of the competition.
Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau both make their 50th appearances for Wales in the back row, while Gatland opts to stick with the same front-five despite their shaky performance against England, meaning Samson Lee remains on the bench.
Wales: Matthew Morgan, Alex Cuthbert, Tyler Morgan, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Gethin Jenkins, Scott Baldwin, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Ken Owens, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, James Hook.