OITA, Japan (AFP) – Wales have withdrawn into their own bubble ahead of today’s must-win Rugby World Cup match against Fiji, saying they have done their homework on their dangerous opponent.
As a powerful typhoon charts course for Japan, Wales are in calm seas, claimed forwards coach Robin McBryde.
Wins over the unpredictable Fiji and minnows Uruguay would see the Six Nations champions qualify top of Pool D and set up a quarter-final with France or England.
“We’ve created a bubble again,” McBryde said yesterday as Wales shut out distractions on the eve of the match in the southern Japanese city of Oita.
“Historically, we always get stronger the more time we spend with each other in that bubble. The environment we’re able to create allows individuals to improve their game.
“We’re aware of Fiji’s individual threats but we have had a collectiveness about our preparation. Hopefully that will be reflected in the performance.”
Number eight Ross Moriarty, promoted to the starting XV after featuring on the bench in the first two games, said they had undertaken close analysis of Fiji.
Wales suffered the consequences of taking Fiji lightly at the 2007 World Cup, losing their pool match which cost them a place in the quarter-finals.
But in Japan they have named near-enough their top line up after noting how Fiji ran Australia close in their first match.