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Gethin Jenkins will captain Wales against Fiji on Saturday admitting the South Sea Islanders were responsible for causing a "downpoint" of his success-laden international career.

He is a triple Six Nations Grand Slam winner and British and Irish Lions Test forward, who holds a Wales record 108 caps.

But Jenkins will run out at the Millennium Stadium as Wales' solitary starting line-up survivor from a shattering 2007 World Cup defeat that had significant consequences.

Wales were beaten 38-34 by Fiji in Nantes, which meant a dismal pool stage exit, and coach Gareth Jenkins lost his job less than 24 hours later.

And it has not been solely on the World Cup stage that Fiji have made life tough for Wales. When they last visited Cardiff four years ago, Seremaia Bai's injury-time penalty secured a 16-16 draw.

Wales resumed a degree of normal service by thumping Fiji 66-0 during the 2011 World Cup, but they cannot afford any degree of complacency in their final Test match before tackling world champions New Zealand later this month.

"I remember drawing with them a few years ago - there was a down dressing room after that game with them drawing in the last minute - and I remember the 2007 game in France," said Cardiff Blues prop Jenkins, who skippers Wales for a fourth time.

"They are always going to bring an expansive game and try and take to us on out wide.

"We know what to expect, but we have to concentrate on our game and keep doing the things we did well on Saturday (against Australia).

"Not many of us played in the 2007 game. It was a downpoint in my career and in that of everyone who played, but Saturday is a chance to beat Fiji on our own patch."

Jenkins leads a much-changed Wales team, with head coach Warren Gatland making eight switches from the side beaten 33-28 by Australia three days ago.

In the pack, Jenkins replaces Paul James, while Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin makes a first Wales start and there are also call-ups for locks Bradley Davies and Luke Charteris, plus openside flanker Justin Tipuric.

Regular skipper Sam Warburton is rested, and behind the scrum there are starts for fit-again centre Scott Williams, fly-half Rhys Priestland and scrum-half Mike Phillips.

Priestland takes over from Dan Biggar, who suffered a groin injury during the Wallabies encounter, and Liam Williams moves from wing to full-back instead of Leigh Halfpenny, who went off with concussion during the Australia game.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Clermont Auvergne centre Jonathan Davies remains sidelined while he recovers from shoulder trouble, while scrum-half Rhys Webb would have started against Fiji had he not suffered a neck complaint which forced him out of Gatland's original team.

Uncapped Ospreys prop Nicky Smith is named among the replacements, with places also on the bench for Gloucester fly-half James Hook, who was called into the squad two days ago following Biggar's injury, and Smith's fellow Ospreys forward James King.

"We have made a number of changes, but we are going out there with what we think is a strong side to take on Fiji," Gatland said.

"We were pleased with the performance last week, and we will be looking to build on that and get the result we want this weekend.

"We have made some changes - some have been enforced due to injury - but we don't feel it weakens the side."

"Dan Biggar, at an outside push, could have been available.

"We did not consider Leigh. He had symptoms of the knock he had at the weekend, and Jonathan is still not right with the injury he has. It will be tough with throwing him in against the All Blacks, having not been involved for a while.

"We have picked a pretty strong squad with enough experience, and even though there are seven or eight changes there is still a lot of experience and firepower in the team.

"We feel we are good enough to win, and hopefully win well on Saturday."

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