Ryan Giggs was optimistic Wales superstar Gareth Bale had only suffered from cramp as he hobbled out of a combative clash with Croatia on Sunday.

Bale scored Wales' equaliser in Cardiff as they drew 1-1 with Group E leaders Croatia in Euro 2020 qualifying, although the result leaves Giggs' men with plenty of work to do.

The Real Madrid winger was one of three Wales players who appeared to take a knock, with Dan James recovering from an early blow, Ethan Ampadu later substituted off, and Bale then limping badly after indicating a calf issue.

Giggs assured both James and Ampadu were fine, while he was hopeful on Bale's status.

"Gareth's just got a bit of cramp towards the end," he told Sky Sports. "He didn't want to come off, though.

"It was a fantastic performance from Gareth, it was just a shame that he did get that - it was about 10 minutes really at the end, so we were down one player really.

"But it looks like it's just cramp."

The James and Ampadu incidents were both rugged aerial challenges that earned yellow cards, while Luka Modric injured himself while hacking at Harry Wilson.

Giggs cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines but insisted his issue was with Croatia slowing Wales' attacks rather than with the strength of the tackles.

Asked if he was upset by Croatia's approach, the coach replied: "Yeah, a little bit. But they're smart players.

"It's not about looking for players to get booked - they're just stopping our flow, which they're good at. It's something we need to get better at.

"They're smart. Good players and smart, as well. It was more the stopping of the flow of us counter-attacking that I was complaining about really. It's a physical game and we've come through it well."

Wales must now win their remaining two matches - against Azerbaijan and Hungary - and hope Slovakia drop points, but Giggs is happy with the permutations.

"We're in it. After these two games [including a draw in Slovakia], I wanted to be in it," he said. "We've got two games which won't be easy against two tough teams.

"We'll look forward to those games - it's exciting. Get it down to that second game with Hungary here."

James added: "[Croatia] have shown what a great team they are, top of the group. They came here and I know we lost in the summer but it was about bouncing back from that. Today, we got a good result."

Real Madrid looked to be dealt a double blow on Sunday as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale both picked up injuries on international duty.

Croatia's Modric travelled to Wales hoping to secure their Euro 2020 qualification but was frustrated as Madrid team-mate Bale netted an equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.

Neither side was able to force a winner, yet they each ended the match hindered by issues to their key men.

Modric was booked for wiping out Harry Wilson a minute from time but injured himself in the process and had to be helped from the pitch by Croatia's medical staff.

As Modric received treatment, Bale turned to the Wales physios as he appeared to indicate an issue with his calf.

While Modric was substituted, Bale played on through the eight minutes of stoppage time, clearly limping and remaining on the field merely to make up the numbers.

Wales saw their hopes of Euro 2020 qualification taken out of their own hands as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Group E leaders Croatia.

Fourth in the pool heading into a crunch clash in Cardiff following a slow start to the campaign, Ryan Giggs' men suffered another setback on Sunday as they trailed to Nikola Vlasic's early goal.

Gareth Bale struck shortly before half-time to lift Wales, yet they could not get the crucial second goal and were forced to settle for a point.

Wales now require a helping hand from opponents Croatia when they face Slovakia, with the World Cup finalists themselves still to secure a place at the finals after failing to win here.

Croatia took control from the outset and had to wait just nine minutes for the opener, with Josip Brekalo dancing in from the left and Bruno Petkovic teeing up Vlasic to shoot low past Wayne Hennessey via the left-hand post.

Only a stunning, stooping Hennessey save denied Ivan Perisic a quick second with a 12-yard header, although a stoppage for Dan James to receive treatment for an apparent head injury slowed the visitors' momentum.

Wales continued to toil until the vital equaliser arrived from a predictable source three minutes into the consequent added period, as Ben Davies picked out Bale to fire beyond Dominik Livakovic.

The home side improved following the restart but chances were at a premium, with only a shaky Livakovic fumble from James' drive offering the Welsh fans any real excitement in front of goal.

A combative match took its toll in the closing stages, too, as Luka Modric was substituted with an injury and Bale ended the contest hobbling badly.


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The fates of these two sides are now intertwined, as Wales can only qualify if Croatia also do so by stopping Slovakia. Both teams would expect to win their remaining fixtures and advance, but Giggs' men have slipped up too many times already in this group for progression to be considered a given at this stage.

Davies desire turns contest

A draw was a relatively disappointing result for Wales, but they might have come away empty-handed had Davies not intervened. For while Bale got the leveller, it did not look like coming until the determined defender charged forward - injuring Mateo Kovacic in the challenge - and slid in his clinical colleague. Davies was effective at both ends throughout.

Rugged Croatia pay the price

Wales were unimpressed with some rough challenges from their opponents, as James and Ethan Ampadu were both hit hard - the latter had to be substituted. But the numerous flashpoints also cost Croatia, with centre-backs Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren each picking up bookings that will keep them out of their key meeting with Slovakia.

What's next?

Wales go to Azerbaijan and then host Hungary in a key qualifying double-header next month, while Croatia welcome Slovakia before a friendly against Georgia.

Wales coach Warren Gatland and captain Justin Tipuric bemoaned a host of wasteful moments before their side closed out an uneven 35-13 Rugby World Cup victory over Uruguay.

The Six Nations Grand Slam-winners booked a quarter-final showdown against France with four wins out of four in Pool D, but they were made to work by an industrious Uruguay side.

Following a tournament-opening win over Fiji, the South Americans were able to sniff an even bigger shock when they went in only 7-6 behind at the interval.

But Josh Adams' fifth try of the World Cup and efforts from Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies alongside a penalty try and Nicky Smith's first-half score amounted to a comfortable margin of victory in the end.

"I'm happy with four from four but not too happy with some of tonight," Gatland said.

"We were poor at times, not clinical, too many turnovers in that first half and probably blew about four or five chances.

"But the boys showed a little bit of character and in the second half we started being a bit more direct. We were probably trying to play a bit too much rugby

"They're a tough outfit, they're tenacious, make the tackles and they're a tidy little side.

"We probably didn't respect the ball enough, a lot of turnovers and then second half we were more direct and earned the right to play. We were a bit better."

In Tipuric's assessment, Wales were even more profligate.

"We know we've got to do a lot better than that but we came away with a bonus-point win," he said.

"Uruguay didn't stop from the beginning to the end. They're a tough bunch of boys. We know that we probably left five or six tries out there as well."

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny landed four conversions and was named man of the match.

"We just got a bit loose at times, didn't keep hold of the ball. But once we kept the ball, we put them under pressure and eventually converted that pressure into points," Halfpenny said.

"At half-time the message was, 'Let's look after the ball, let's not panic'. We felt in control, we were just spilling the ball."

Josh Adams scored his fifth try of the Rugby World Cup as Wales beat Uruguay 35-13 at Kumamoto Stadium to set up a quarter-final against France.

Warren Gatland's side made hard work of sealing top spot in Pool D, but scored five tries to ensure they will face Les Bleus at Oita Stadium next Sunday, while Australia will meet England at the same venue 24 hours earlier.

Nicky Smith scored the only five-pointer of the first half and Adams become the outright leading try-scorer in the tournament after the break, with Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies also crossing after Wales were awarded a penalty try. 

Uruguay were magnificent in defence as they bowed out with a spirited performance, German Kessler scoring their only try and Felipe Berchesi notching eight points with the boot.

Hallam Amos had three tries ruled out, but Wales made it four wins out of four to finish three points clear of the Wallabies despite being a long way from their best, Halfpenny converting four times in a man-of-the-match display.

Wales were disjointed in the opening stages but were eventually rewarded for applying huge pressure when prop Smith breached a resolute Uruguay defence, powering over from close range after 16 minutes.

Berchesi reduced the deficit to four points with a fine strike from the tee after Halfpenny converted Smith's score, and Amos was denied Wales' second try due to a forward pass from Hadleigh Parkes.

Handling errors prevented the Six Nations champions from getting into a rhythm and a second Berchesi penalty made it 7-6 at the break.

The clinical in-form Adams gave Wales breathing space when he took an inviting pass from Rhys Patchell to finish in the corner, Halfpenny expertly nailing a difficult conversion.

Amos had another score disallowed, again for a forward pass from Parkes, but referee Angus Gardner awarded Wales a penalty try when Uruguay were unable to legally stop a driving maul after Santiago Civetta was sin-binned.

Kessler had a moment to remember when he dived over with a pick-and-go before Williams picked up a loose ball to grab the bonus-point try, with Halfpenny converting superbly.

Amos was frustrated again when he lost control as he went to touch down, but Davies raced away long after the clock had turned red to go under the posts and Halfpenny converted, leaving the scoreline looking harsh on Uruguay.

Gareth Bale says he wants to finally get one over on Luka Modric when Croatia visit Wales in Euro 2020 qualifying.

The Real Madrid team-mates will be the two biggest stars on show for Sunday's Group E game in Cardiff.

Croatia lead the pool on 13 points with Wales six back in fourth spot, although Ryan Giggs' side have a game in hand.

Wales drew away to Slovakia on Thursday, Bale sustaining a knee injury, but he is expected to be fit to face Croatia.

The forward is looking forward to testing himself against Ballon d'Or winner Modric, Croatia having won the reverse game 2-1 in June.

"Whenever we have played we've always lost by one goal and it’s always been quite a tight game," Bale told reporters.

"We know what a great team they are, they had a great World Cup and they have shown year after year how good they actually are.

"We know it is going to be very tough, but I think being at home gives us a little bit more of an advantage and we know the Welsh crowd will be behind us.

"We've played together for a long time in Tottenham and Real Madrid so we know each other quite well. It would be nice to get one over on him finally because they have beaten us a few times in the past."

Bale is one booking away from missing a qualifier through suspension, which he accepts will be on his mind against Croatia.

"I can't make too many silly tackles or anything, I have to be mindful of that," Bale said. "I don't want to miss any games for Wales and especially at the crunch time of the group.

"I guess I have to be clever with what I'm doing but maybe I have to expect that someone is going to wind me up to get me suspended."

Jonathan Davies is in a race to be fit for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals and Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards is hopeful the centre will be ready.

Davies will miss the final Pool D game against Uruguay in Kumamoto on Sunday – which is scheduled to go ahead despite Typhoon Hagibis hitting Japan on Saturday – after being forced off with a knee injury against Fiji on Wednesday.

Victory for the Welsh will see them face France in a quarter-final, with England waiting if they slip up and fail to regain top spot from Australia.

Warren Gatland said during Friday's team announcement he was hopeful Davies will be available for the knockout rounds and Edwards indicated the situation had improved.

"We don't feel like it's as bad as we first feared," Edwards said on Saturday.

"There will be more news in a couple of days, but the medics are working hard on him and we're in a positive frame of mind with regards to him being involved further down the line."

Wales made 13 changes to the side to face Los Teros, with Hadleigh Parks and Josh Adams the only players retaining their spots.

Warren Gatland says Rugby World Cup quarter-final places will be up for grabs when Wales face Uruguay in their final Pool D match on Sunday.

Gatland has made 13 changes for the encounter at Kumamoto Stadium, where the Six Nations champions should seal a victory that would ensure they finish top and face France in the last eight a week on Sunday.

Dan Biggar will not feature in a team captained by Justin Tipuric as the fly-half is undergoing the return-to-play head injury assessment, while Jonathan Davies (knee) and George North (ankle) will also play no part.

Gatland is optimistic the trio will be fit to return in the last eight, but with Josh Adam and Hadleigh Parkes the only players who faced Fiji to retain their spots, Gatland says opportunity knocks this weekend. 

The Wales head coach said: "Dan is symptom-free. He is being closely monitored by the medical team. He was symptom-free the next day, which was great.

"The medics have spoken to a number of people, doing consultations. He said he feels really good in himself, and he has come through symptom-free. He is just going through the HIA protocols at the moment.

"Jonathan took a knock on the knee. He's being monitored as well. The knee was pretty good the next day. It had a bit of swelling and he's been icing it regularly.

"He gets a little bit more time, and hopefully that keeps improving over the next few days.

"It's a bit of a juggling act with the four-day turnaround. The message to the players against Uruguay is that the door is not shut.

"There are opportunities for players to go out there and impress and stake a claim for a quarter-final spot."

Uruguay coach Esteban Meneses has changed his entire back row, while Juan Manuel Gaminara returns to captain the side and Agustin Ormaechea starts at scrum-half.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wales - Josh Adams

Adams scored a hat-trick in the 29-17 defeat of Fiji on Wednesday and Uruguay could find it difficult contain the wing, who also crossed in an emphatic victory over Georgia.

Uruguay - Juan Manuel Gaminara

Gaminara and Andres Vilaseca will make a Uruguay-record eighth World Cup appearance. Bottom side Uruguay will need flanker Gaminara to lead by example in the heat of battle with a strong Welsh pack.

 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- This will be just the second meeting between Wales and Uruguay, their previous clash coming at the 2015 Rugby World Cup with Wales winning 54-9 in Cardiff. 

- Wales have won all three of their games so far at this Rugby World Cup. Not since 1987 have they won all their matches in the pool stage of the tournament.

- Uruguay have lost all eight World Cup matches against tier one opposition, those defeats coming by an average margin of 54 points.

- Uruguay need two tries and 10 points to beat their previous best World Cup totals. 

Kieffer Moore's first goal for Wales was not enough for Ryan Giggs' men as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Slovakia in Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier.

Wales took the lead at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho through Moore's maiden goal 25 minutes into his first competitive start for the senior side.

But they were denied a third successive victory by Juraj Kucka's goal early in the second half as Slovakia, who had Norbert Gyomber sent off late on, fought back strongly for a point.

The point leaves the visitors fourth in Group E and three points behind Slovakia, although they have a game in hand on each of the sides above them.

Wales were 1-0 winners when these sides met in Cardiff seven months ago and they took a deserved lead in Trnava.

Less than a minute after Gareth Bale's looping header struck the angle of post and crossbar, Moore got on the end of Daniel James' cross from the left to head into the bottom-left corner.

Robert Mak squandered a good opportunity to level before half-time when firing straight at Wayne Hennessey from a promising position, but Slovakia were on level terms eight minutes into the second half. 

Connor Roberts' headed clearance fell nicely for Kucka, who rifled a volley past Hennessey from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Hennessey was called into action to keep out Albert Rusnak's low drive as Slovakia searched for a winner, but Kucka was shown a second yellow for clattering into Moore two minutes from time to end their hopes of finding one.

What does it mean? Wales' qualifying hopes still in the balance

Wales may be down in fourth place in Group E after this draw, but a point is far from disastrous.

The Dragons' qualifying hopes are still ultimately in their own hands if they can win their remaining three matches.

Giggs' gamble pays off

Wales boss Giggs made a huge call in selecting Tom Lockyer and Moore for their full competitive debuts in defence and attack respectively.

Both players justified their selection, particularly in the case of Wigan Athletic striker Moore as he marked the occasion with an impressive headed goal.

Davies sloppy in possession

Ben Davies has endured a torrid time of things at club level with Tottenham this season and he was far from his best against Slovakia.

Recalled from the 2-1 win over Azerbaijan, the left-back lost possession 16 times - only James, tasked with taking players on, did so more often in a Wales shirt.

What's next?

Wales welcome Group E leaders Croatia to Cardiff on Sunday. Slovakia face Paraguay in a friendly the same day and resume qualifying action on November 16 with a trip to Croatia.

Gareth Bale admitted to playing with "anger" amid uncertainty over his Real Madrid future heading into Wales' Euro 2020 qualifier.

Zinedine Zidane told Bale he was free to leave during the transfer window, however, the Wales star remained in Madrid to force his way into the team.

Bale has scored two goals and supplied two assists in LaLiga this term, though there has been reports claiming the 30-year-old wants to depart the Spanish capital at season's end.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's qualifier against Slovakia, Bale said: "You play with a lot of emotion. Anger comes into it of course, but I haven't got anything to clear my mind about.

"I try and give my best whether here [with Wales] or in Madrid and I will continue to do that."

Wales manager Ryan Giggs added: "I think now, looking from the outside, things have improved. The way that he's playing - which is all that footballers want to do, they want to play, they want to get minutes, they want to do well - I've always said he's at a fantastic club.

"Of course, it would have unsettled him because it was apparently very close for him going.

"But things might have changed. Things do change quite quickly in football and now he's playing, he's loved, he's happy, and I expect him to carry on doing what he's doing for Real Madrid.

"If Gareth Bale is at your club and he's training well and he gets the chance to play, he's always going to keep you interested because he can turn a game on its head, he can score goals and he's such an asset.

"So I'm not surprised in that respect. I was surprised with what happened in the summer - I think everyone from the outside thought it was a bit strange, but it seems like everything has gone a bit quiet now.

"I think that's all you ask for - for players to be in good form for their clubs and then take it into the international arena."

Wales head to Trnava fourth in Group E in Euro 2020 qualifying, four points adrift of leaders Croatia and three behind second-placed Slovakia.

Warren Gatland is hoping Wales' qualification-clinching victory over Fiji did not come at a cost after hat-trick hero Josh Adams, Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies all picked up injuries.

Gatland's side fought back from a two-try deficit early on as Adams became the sixth man from his country to score a Rugby World Cup hat-trick before Liam Williams sealed a bonus point with a fourth try in a 29-17 triumph.

Wales are now firmly on course to top Pool D and Gatland is likely to make changes for the final group game against Uruguay on Sunday, but he will be concerned about the availability of his key backs beyond that.

Adams came off 10 minutes from time with a dead leg, Davies suffered a bang to his knee in teeing up the wing for his third try and Biggar was withdrawn after taking a blow to the head from team-mate Williams as he claimed a high ball.

Biggar failed a head injury assessment (HIA) in Wales' previous match against Australia, but Gatland told reporters on Wednesday: "It was a removal from the field, he didn't do a HIA [this time].

"It was just because of the contact, he was just removed.

"He's not in consideration for Sunday, then he'll have to go through the protocols and we'll probably have someone take a look at him as well."

Gatland was more upbeat about Adams and Davies, adding: "No fears. Josh just took a dead leg basically and Jonathan, just with his knee, the same sort of thing.

"You never know with knees, we'll probably get him assessed tomorrow when all the players have a review of today."

Wales' players will not enjoy reviewing the first eight minutes of the game, when Josua Tuisova and Kini Murimurivalu both went in down Adams' flank.

But Wales responded in a wild contest that featured five disallowed tries and four yellow cards - two for each team - the joint-most shown in a World Cup match.

"From 10-0 down, to finish with a bonus-point win... I thought that showed some great character," Gatland added.

Fiji, who were eliminated with the loss as Australia joined Wales in the last eight, were behind at the interval but went back ahead with a penalty try, yet they were left to rue their final ball as they had three would-be scores chalked off for forward passes.

"A game like that, it's a game of inches," Fiji coach John McKee said.

"You look at two or three opportunities with forward passes. It costs you big when the game's so close."

After losing to Australia and then being stunned by Uruguay in their next game, McKee was at least content to see Fiji bow out with a decent display.

"[It is] pleasing for me that finally we've had an opportunity on the world stage to show what this team is capable of," he added.

Wales qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals as Josh Adams scored a hat-trick to earn Warren Gatland's side a 29-17 success over Fiji in Oita.

The Fijians raced into a 10-0 lead thanks to tries from Josua Tuisova and Kini Murimurivalu inside the opening eight minutes, but Adams' first two scores - each converted by Dan Biggar - meant Wales led at the interval of an action-packed contest that featured a slew of disallowed tries and yellow cards.

A penalty try nudged Fiji back in front before, after Rhys Patchell levelled matters with a long penalty, Adams sealed his treble on the hour mark following brilliant work from Jonathan Davies.

Liam Williams' bonus-point try made sure of the victory which is likely to pave the way for Wales to clinch top spot in Pool D, while Fiji's defeat meant they were eliminated and guaranteed Australia would go through to the final eight.

It was Fiji who flew out of the blocks in a wild first half that featured four tries, another quartet of disallowed scores and a trio of yellow cards.

Tuisova was the first to go over with a fine solo effort as he barged past Adams before holding off Biggar and Josh Navidi to reach for the line and dot down.

Both teams then had scores ruled out - Wales' try through Navidi chalked off due to a knock-on before the TMO spotted a forward pass prior to Frank Lomani going in.

Fiji may not have got a second try there but they did gain a man advantage as Ken Owens flipped Viliame Mata onto his back in the build-up to earn a sin-binning, with Murimurivalu bouncing off Adams and rolling over the line to make it 10-0.

Ben Volavola missed his second conversion, though, and a shoulder-led charge from Tevita Cavubati at a ruck meant he was also sin-binned.

Adams took advantage by collecting Biggar's kick to get Wales on the board and he thought he had a second shortly after, only for the TMO to rule that out as his left foot just went into touch thanks to a brilliant Lomani tackle.

Relentless Welsh pressure resulted in Semi Kunatani being yellow-carded and Wales made use of men over on the left as Adams went in again, with Biggar crucially remaining perfect with the boot.

There were further Fijian tries disallowed either side of the interval for forward passes, but they did regain the lead 13 minutes into the second half from a penalty try, which came following a driving maul shortly after James Davies' caution left Wales undermanned.

A nasty collision between Biggar and team-mate Williams resulted in the former going off, with Patchell coming on and duly slotting over a 42-metre penalty to make it 17-17.

Then came the moment of the match, Davies dumping Jale Vatubua down with a brilliant hand-off and then flipping the ball out to Adams as he was tackled, the wing having the awareness to stay in touch and complete his hat-trick.

A ragged Fijian defence then allowed Gareth Davies to burst through a gap and set up Williams to seal the bonus point.

James Davies jokingly told Warren Gatland he had "finally seen the light" after being named in Wales' side to face Fiji - but is serious about making the most of a chance to start at the Rugby World Cup.

Back-rower Davies has replaced Justin Tipuric in the pack in one of two changes, the other seeing Ross Moriarty start at number eight.

Wales will be aiming to make it three wins from three in Pool D, though they will be wary of underestimating their opponents. Fiji won 38-34 when the nations met in the 2007 tournament, a result that saw them progress to the knockout stages at the expense of Gareth Jenkins' side.

Gatland's line-up suggests he is not taking any risks this year, with the aim to qualify for the quarter-finals by topping the group.

Davies joins older brother Jonathan in the XV, with Wales' head coach revealing the former cheekily suggested his selection was long overdue.

Gatland told the media: "When I congratulated James and said well done, his reply was: 'You have finally seen the light, have you?' - he said he was only joking.

"I loved that - I thought it was brilliant, a great response. I love a bit of banter like that, and I have no problem with comments like that."

Tipuric is likely to return for the game against Uruguay, so Davies understands the need to produce a big performance at Oita Stadium on Wednesday.

"Firstly I'd like to say 'Tips' (Justin Tipuric) and all the back row have been outstanding in my eyes and I was a little bit shocked to get the call," the Scarlets flanker said.

"You get disappointed with selection but it's about doing your best for the team then. You working hard makes the team train a bit better and that's just what I've done I guess."

Fiji round out their round-robin fixtures against Wales and head coach John McKee has made just the one alteration to the side that started the resounding 45-10 win over Georgia last time out.

Viliame Mata replaces Peceli Yato at number eight as the Flying Fijians aim to produce one more big performance in Japan - and perhaps pull off an even bigger shock than they managed 12 years ago.

"We see this final pool game as both a challenge and an opportunity - it is important to finish the pool stage on a high note," McKee said.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wales - Dan Biggar

The fly-half was forced off during the win over Australia with a head injury but returned to training at the weekend. Rhys Patchell did a solid job as a replacement against the Wallabies, but Gatland has decided Biggar is better for the clash with Fiji.

Fiji - Semi Radradra

The centre became the first player from a second-tier nation to be directly involved in five tries in a single World Cup game when he crossed twice and also provided three assists in the rout of Georgia. 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- Wales have won nine of their previous 11 meetings against Fiji (D1 L1). They have outscored their opponents 106-26 in the most recent three meetings
- Fiji will be aiming for back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories for the first time since 2007, having defeated Georgia last time out.
- Wales' 66-0 win against Fiji in 2011 remains the only time they have shut out their opponents at a Rugby World Cup
- Alun Wyn Jones has now made the most tackles (162) by any player for Wales in the history of the tournament. Only Taulupe Faletau (130) has managed more carries than Wyn Jones' tally of 128.

James Davies and Ross Moriarty will start for Wales in the only two changes to their starting side for Wednesday's Rugby World Cup clash against Fiji.

Davies and Moriarty come into the back row as Josh Navidi switches to blindside flanker.

Justin Tipuric drops out of the squad and Aaron Wainwright moves to the bench after both started the 29-25 victory over Australia on September 29.

That win put Wales on track to finish top of Pool D with two matches remaining, a clash with Uruguay coming four days after the meeting with Fiji.

"We have to play our way. We know our game plan going into this game and it is about delivering that," Wales attack coach Stephen Jones said.

"It's a mental challenge. We respect Fiji and rightly so. From a personal perspective I am fully aware of how good they are.

"We have got to make sure from an attacking element when we have the ball, we keep it."

Fiji are third in Pool D and are coming off a 45-10 victory over Georgia.

 

Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Aaron Shingler, Aaron Wainwright, Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell, Owen Watkin.

Tom Lawrence has offered his "sincere apologies" and vowed to make amends for his part in a drink-driving incident last month. 

The Wales international and Derby team-mate Mason Bennett were arrested and charged with the offence after a car crash that followed a team-building dinner on September 24. 

Both players are set to appear in court on October 15 and have been fined six weeks wages by the club, while captain Richard Keogh has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injuries sustained on the night in question. 

Bennett described his shame at the incident in a statement released on Friday and Lawrence has now also apologised for his actions. 

"Following the events of the evening of September 24 I wish to offer my sincere apologies to the football club - our chairman, the manager, my team-mates and all our supporters for my indiscretions that night," read the statement, published on Derby's official website on Saturday. 

"It was a total error of judgement on my part, out of character for me and I am deeply disappointed in my behaviour and upset for my team-mate and our captain Richard Keogh. 

"Going forward, I will make every effort to make amends by working diligently to give something back to our local community and I will strive to repay all the faith and support I have received from everybody during my time at the club in the best way I know how, on the field of play." 

Lawrence featured in Derby's 2-2 draw with Barnsley on Wednesday and has been named in Ryan Giggs' Wales squad for this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia. 

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