Wales v Fiji 2007 - where are they now?
Saturday 01 October 2011
Four years on since Wales last played Fiji in the World Cup, we take a look at where the Welsh players that started that day at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes are now.
Gareth Thomas – His last appearance for Wales. Record 100 caps stood until this week when Stephen Jones faced Namibia. Switched codes to rugby league in 2010.
Mark Jones – Part of Grand Slam the following year but forced to retire in 2010, three appearances short of 50 caps. Now Scarlets attack coach.
Tom Shanklin – On-going knee problems ended his career after released by Cardiff Blues last season. Now rugby pundit for BBC Wales.
James Hook – Key member of 2008 Grand Slam but has failed to command a regular position despite abundance of talent. Joins Perpignan after World Cup.
Shane Williams –World Player of the Year in 2008 and has gone to become Wales’ all-time record try-scorer with 55th against Samoa last week.
Stephen Jones – Now Wales’ most-capped player was first choice for Lions and approaching 1,000 Test points but usurped in pecking order.
Dwayne Peel – Failed to make an impression with Gatland after move to Sale Sharks and has made just five starts for Wales this defeat.
Gethin Jenkins – The solitary survivor from starting team to face Fiji in Hamilton this weekend. Returned from nine-month injury with stunning try against Namibia.
Matthew Rees – Another to be part of British Lion Test team in 2009. Appointed Wales captain last year but ruled out of the World Cup with neck injury.
Chris Horsman - His last game for Wales and retired from the game in 2009. Now works with adolescent children in Wiltshire.
Alun Wyn Jones – No Six Nations player has made more Test appearances, 48, since than the Ospreys lock.
Ian Evans - Cursed by a succession of injuries ever since. Now back to full fitness but never showed the same edge.
Colin Charvis – Retired in 2007 with the most Test tries by a forward in world rugby. Brief spell as defence coach before taking roll with BBC.
Martyn Williams - Still going strong at 36 though was shock omission from this year’s World Cup. Fractured arm may rule out 100th cap.
Alix Popham – Spent three years in France with Brive but now stepping into coaching at part-timers Newbridge after shoulder injury ended career in summer.
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland