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Thursday, 7 November, 2002, 17:57 GMT
Wales team for Fiji
Shanklin keeps his place after a good game against Romania
Wales need to produce a better performance against Fiji
Wales coach Steve Hansen has finalised his line-up for the second Test of the autumn against Fiji - let us know what you think.

Wales team to face Fiji

Full-back - Rhys Williams (Cardiff)

Williams fills the No 15 jersey for the second week on the trot. The Cardiff flyer will have more to do than he did against the Romanians and will have to be aware of the clever Fijian back-line.

Right wing - Mark Jones (Llanelli)

The Scarlets man will look to improve on his last performance. Jones needs to show the attacking flair that earned him his place in the team.

Outside centre - Tom Shanklin (Saracens)

The No 13 shirt is being contested by a number of players at present. Another solid performance by Shanklin should help to make the position his - more of his quick breaks out of defence will cement it.

Inside centre - Sonny Parker (Pontypridd)

The strong New Zealander marked his first cap with a good all-round game. He will need to build on his partnership with Shanklin and help to open up the Fijians.

Left wing - Gareth Thomas (Bridgend)

Thomas will again start on the wing. He needs to take the pressure off of Steve Hansen and show the crowd what he is capable of - if he doesn't the crowd will be calling for fellow Ravens player Dafydd James

Fly-half - Steven Jones (Llanelli)

Jones takes over from Neil Jenkins, leaving many wondering what Hansen will learn from his pairing with Dwayne Peel. Iestyn Harris makes it onto the bench but surely this is the type of game where he could shine.

Scrum-half - Dwayne Peel (Llanelli)

Peel will be able to build on his club and country partnership with Jones. He's certainly a man for the future and may be able to stake a long-term claim for the famous No 9 shirt.

Loosehead prop - Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli)

Takes over from rookie Gethin Jenkins but will have to battle all afternoon against a strong Fijian front three.

Hooker - Mefin Davies (Pontypridd)

With Robin McBryde out of the picture, the Ponty man will hope to put in the type of performance that could win him the No 2 shirt permanently.

Tighthead prop - Ben Evans (Swansea)

Evans is one of Hansen's seven positional changes, taking over from Martyn Madden. He came on as sub last week and will hope to do enough to keep his position for the Canada game.

Second row - Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd)

Sidoli retains his place and is in the driving seat to keep it for the future. Hansen decided to bring in Neath veteran Gareth Llewellyn - but Steve Williams was the lock to miss out.

Second row - Gareth Llewellyn (Neath)

Gareth Llewellyn comes in for Williams, who will be disappointed to be relegated to the bench. Wales will need to use all Llewellyn's vast experience to remedy a line-out that misfired badly against Romania.

Blindside flanker - Dafydd Jones (Llanelli)

Jones will make his Test debut against Fiji and will hope to impress in an area of the side which has fierce competition. The 23-year-old is one of five Llanelli players in the side.

Number eight - Colin Charvis (Swansea, capt)

Scott Quinnell is rested, meaning the Wales captain will move to the back of the pack. Charvis will have to shepherd his side well if they are to produce a better performance in front of the Millennium Stadium crowd.

Openside flanker - Martyn Williams (Cardiff)

Lions flanker Martyn Williams has been given his chance to persuade Hansen that Wales needs a specialist openside, but Ponty's Richard Parks is waiting for his chance on the bench.

Reps: Andrew Lewis (Cardiff), Martyn Madden (Llanelli), Steve Williams (Northampton), Richard Parks (Pontypridd), Ryan Powell (Cardiff), Iestyn Harris (Cardiff), Jamie Robinson (Cardiff).

Wales play four Tests against Romania, Fiji, Canada and New Zealand







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