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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Gatland looks to build momentum

WALES coach Warren Gatland is looking for his team to arrive in the World Cup quarter-finals with "significant momentum".

Gatland has made seven changes for Sunday's Pool D finale against Fiji at Waikato Stadium.

Victory for Wales – therefore avenging their 2007 World Cup elimination defeat to Fiji in Nantes – would guarantee them a quarter-final place, although a draw or even just a losing bonus point might also be enough.

Wing Shane Williams (thigh strain), full-back James Hook (shoulder) and flanker Dan Lydiate (ankle) were all unavailable for selection.

But the key trio remain on course to make a probable quarter-final appointment with Ireland in Wellington tomorrow week.

“Our focus is entirely on Fiji,” Gatland said.

“We know if we can win one more game, that will give us the best chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup with significant momentum.”

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