Forwards: Tomas Francis, Paul James, Aaron Jarvis, Gethin Jenkins, Samson Lee, Scott Baldwin, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies, Dominic Day, Alun Wyn Jones, Taulupe Faletau, James King, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton (c).
Backs: Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb, Lloyd Williams, Dan Biggar, Rhys Priestland, Cory Allen, Jamie Roberts, Scott Williams, Hallam Amos, Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny, Matthew Morgan, George North, Liam Williams.
Form: Wales demolished Italy in Rome to put themselves in with a chance of winning this year's 6 Nations on the final day of this year's Championship, only to miss out to Ireland on points difference. They still struggle to defeat the biggest southern hemisphere teams, falling just short time and again. Warren Gatland's side will have to beat either England or Australia in Pool A – they have the talent to beat both – to stand a chance of reaching the knockout stages. Three heavyweights into two does not go.
Captain: Sam Warburton. Still only 26-years-old, Warburton is one of the most established captains in international rugby. Made his debut in 2010 and was appointed skipper the year after. Two years later he led the British and Irish Lions in Australia.
Star player: George North. The colossal wing was sidelined for the end of last season and much of the summer due to concussion, but has been restored to fitness. Powerful and direct, North could be a star of this World Cup.
World Cup history: Since finishing third in the first World Cup, it has been lean pickings for Wales, who struggled to make a mark in the tournament until 2011 when they were edged out by France in a semi-final that saw Warburton dismissed for a spear tackle.
Wales' Pool A fixtures:
Sun 20 Sept WALES v URUGUAY (Millennium Stadium, 2.30pm)
Sat 26 Sept ENGLAND v WALES (Twickenham, 8pm)
Thur 1 Oct WALES v FIJI (Millennium Stadium, 4.45pm)