Birthday boy Hallam Amos gets the perfect present with his selection on the wing for Wales ahead of Alex Cuthbert as Warren Gatland's men prepare to face England at Twickenham tomorrow in a crucial pool game of the World Cup
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards says Wales will go into the World Cup still hurting from the semi-final defeat four years ago in New Zealand. But before that, there is the small matter of Italy, tomorrow at the Millennium Stadium.
Wales captain Sam Warburton is impressed by the effort the squad has put in over the past couple of months and says Saturday's win against Ireland was a massive boost to the squad as they prepare for the World Cup.
Wales will definitely be in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup. They were guaranteed a place among the last eight after, and the chance of face either South Africa or Scotland, thanks to Australia's 33-13 victory over host nation England at Twickenham.
Whatever happens at the Millennium Stadium today when Wales go in search of a third successive win in Pool A at the Rugby World Cup, we've only got ourselves to blame for encouraging Fijian rugby to blossom on the global stage if the visitors come out on top.
After missing both games against Ireland because of a shoulder injury that he once feared could keep him out for up to five weeks, Sam Warburton will return to lead Wales against Italy in the final warm-up match before the Rugby World Cup.
There was no fairytale finish to the 2011 Rugby World Cup for Wales, although they won the admiration of fans around the globe as they ended a magnificent campaign with an 83rd minute try from Leigh Halfpenny.