Ex-world champion Joe Calzaghe offers Wales some words of wisdom

Whatever Wales achieve at this World Cup, no one will be able to say Warren Gatland's side have lacked star appeal.

The number of celebrity names in the red corner seems to be growing all the time, with undefeated former world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe the latest to pay the players a visit.

It began when Wales were officially welcomed to the tournament by Prince William, who is also a WRU ambassador. Then, singer Tom Jones presented the players with their jerseys before their victory over England.

And Gatland's side, who face Fiji in Cardiff on Thursday, entertained another famous face ahead of their penultimate Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium.

"It was good for the boys to see Joe's film ['Mr Calzaghe,' to be released in November] but to also talk to Joe and his father," forwards coach Robin McBryde said after the team's captain's run on Wednesday. "He came across that he's been true to his roots, by staying close to his home town of Newbridge.

"His never-say-die [attitude] came across. He said that he always saw himself as the underdog and trained as such. He stuck around and spent time answering the boys' questions with his father. It was good to have some respite from rugby and to talk to one of the world's finest sportsmen.

"The World Cup is a unique experience. Tom Jones one week, Joe Calzaghe next week. I think there's a bit of pressure on who comes next week!"

Wales are the latest team to experience a short turnaround between the tournament's group games: five days after Saturday's tough clash with England, in which they lost both Scott Williams and Hallam Amos to injury, they face another physical test against the Pacific Islanders, who must win to avoid elimination.

"We have tried to strike a balance with regards to how much work we have put in between the two games. They are a very physical team and have shown their strengths in terms of the set piece," McBryde added.

"They had some unlucky calls against England at scrum time and are a side capable of driving their lineout. They also have some pretty strong runners. It's going to be physical and they are going for their first victory in the tournament, so they won't hold anything back.

"It's their last chance of gaining a big scalp in the pool stages and we are well aware of the threat they possess."

Fiji dumped Wales out of the 2007 World Cup with a 38-34 victory in France, and McBryde has warned that the current crop should not take John McKee's side lightly.

"It is that resolve and experience that players have gathered over the last four years in terms of consistency," McBryde said.

"You don't need to look further back than last week to see the resolve and resilience in the team. Slowly that momentum is building. It was the same four years ago in New Zealand. They're not taking anything lightly and they know what works as individuals and for the team. They are going out there tomorrow to repeat it.

"The last time we played Fiji in this stadium they ran us close. So they won't have any fears. We have spoken about the fact that opposition teams thrive coming to Cardiff."