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PREVIEW: Wales v Fiji

3rd November 2017, 23:42

PREVIEW: Wales v Fiji

Here's everything you need to know about Wales' second group match of Rugby League World Cup 2017 against Fiji in Townsville...

 

UP FRONT

Wales will be looking to respond to last weekend's defeat to Papua New Guinea when they take on Fiji in Townsville on Sunday.

John Kear's men lost 50-6 to the Kumuls in Port Moresby in their World Cup opener. 

After leading 26-0 at half-time, PNG racked up a further 24 points in the second-half. 

Regan Grace's try in the corner on the last play of the game was Wales' only points.

Following the PNG clash, Wales travelled to Townsville in North Queensland on Sunday.

While in the area, the squad and staff visited the Billabong Sanctuary around the training sessions.

 

WHAT IS FIJI'S FORM LIKE?

Fiji opened their World Cup campaign with a 58-12 victory over the USA in Townsville.

In all, they ran in 11 tries against the Americans and the vastly experienced Jarryd Hayne played a key role.  

Before the World Cup, Fiji took part in a tri series with Australia and Papua New Guinea. 

They lost 10-0 to PNG in the opener, before the Aussies beat them 20-4. 

 

WHO ARE FIJI'S ONES TO WATCH?

You can only start with Jarryd Hayne. 

The 29-year-old has represented the likes of New South Wales in Origin, Australia, NRL All Stars and now Fiji.

If you give him the opportunity to play, he certainly can do and Wales will have to be weary of his threat. 

Elsewhere, Fiji boast a number of established NRL players. 

Wales may have to pay particular attention to Suliasi Vunivalu, who is currently on the books of Melbourne Storm.

Since breaking onto the first-team scene back in 2016, the winger has held an impressive strike rate of nearly one try every match. 

 

HOW CAN I WATCH OR LISTEN TO THE MATCH?

You can watch the Dragons live on Premier Sports between 8.30am and 10.30, while BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will broadcast from 8.40am onwards. 

Extended highlights are on BBC Two at 4pm, with further highlights at 1.15pm on BBC Two Saturday, November 11.

You can also follow updates across Wales Rugby League's official channels. 

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