Wing Alex Cuthbert will make his first Wales appearance for four years when they take on Fiji in the third game of the Autumn Nations Series on Sunday.

Wayne Pivac has named his team today, with full-back Liam Williams, scrum-half Kieran Hardy and centre Johnny Williams recalled in a revamped backline.

Meanwhile Wasps flanker Thomas Young returns as the only change in the pack to take on the Fijians at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff (Ko 3.15pm).

With Young coming on to the openside flank, Taine Basham will meanwhile move to the No 8 position in place of the injured Aaron Wainwright.

Outside half Dan Biggar remains the cornerstone in a much-changed backline, with scrum half Hardy getting his first opportunity and Tomos Williams moving to the replacements bench.

Johnny Williams returns to the centre, having started against New Zealand in the opening round, and he’ll be joined in midfield by Cardiff Rugby’s Josh Adams.

Louis Rees-Zammit moves to the left wing, allowing Ospreys’ Cuthbert an opportunity to come in on the right wing, his first international appearance since November 2017.

Scarlets’ Liam Williams returns to the starting line-up, having last started for Wales in the defeat to France in the 2021 Six Nations.

Loosehead prop Gareth Thomas, loose forward Christ Tshiunza and Callum Sheedy will look to make their first appearances of the campaign from the bench on Sunday.

Tshiunza, 19-years-old, will be the fourth player to be capped by Pivac during the campaign if he gets on.

The two sides, which will once again feature in the same Rugby World Cup pool in 2023, last faced each other in the pool stages of the competition in Japan, 2019.

“Fiji are big, powerful and very quick out-wide," said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

"The introduction of Alex Cuthbert, along with Louis Rees-Zammit, is an eye on the speed that the Fijians will bring and we need to be able to match that.

"The offloading game that they bring is certainly different to the South Africans.

“They are a good side. They’re a much-improved side of some of the Fiji teams of old, certainly since when I was involved with Fiji they’ve come a long.”

Reflecting on last week’s performance against South Africa he added: “It was a much improved performance from the week before.

"A game where we led for the first 70 minutes and it was really our own undoing with a little bit of a lapse in discipline and a couple of penalties towards the end.

“I thought defensively we worked really hard. There was a lot to be pleased about.

"We would have loved to have won the match, we were disappointed with the end result, but there were a lot of positives to take out of the game moving forward.”

“We want to be able to use our squad where we can. In terms of the forwards we don’t have a lot of options with injuries and unavailability.

"The exciting one is Josh Adams getting an opportunity. That’s really looking at the future.

"When you have to pick a World Cup squad of 33, you’ve got to have players that can play in more than one position and we’ve been wanting to do it for a while so we’ll see how Josh goes in the midfield.

Wales team to face Fiji, at Principality Stadium, on Sunday, November 14:

15 Liam Williams (Scarlets)

14 Alex Cuthbert (Ospreys)

13 Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby)

12 Johnny Williams (Scarlets)

11 Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby)

10 Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints)

9 Kieran Hardy (Scarlets)

1 Rhys Carré (Cardiff Rugby)

2 Ryan Elias (Scarlets)

3 Tomas Francis (Ospreys)

4 Will Rowlands (Dragons)

5 Adam Beard (Ospreys)

6 Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Rugby – captain)

7 Thomas Young (Wasps Rugby)

8 Taine Basham (Dragons)


16 Bradley Roberts (Ulster)

17 Gareth Thomas (Ospreys)

18 WillGriff John (Scarlets)

19 Christ Tshiunza (Exeter Chiefs – uncapped)

20 Seb Davies (Cardiff Rugby)

21 Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby)

22 Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears)

23 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)