Romania head coach Eugen Apjok has named his match-day 23 to play Scotland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Saturday, 30 September, with Taliauli Sikuea set to make his Rugby World Cup debut for Romania on the wing.

1 Alexandru Savin
2 Robert Irimescu
3 Gheorghe Gajion
4 Adrian Motoc
5 Stefan Iancu
6 Florian Rosu
7 Dragos Ser
8 Cristian Chirica (c)
9 Gabriel Rupanu
10 Alin Conache
11 Taliauli Sikuea
12 Fonovai Tangimana
13 Jason Tomane
14 Sioeli Lama
15 Marius Simionescu

16 Florin Bardasu
17 Iulian Hartig
18 Costel Burtila
19 Marius Iftimiciuc
20 Damian Stratila
21 Florin Surugiu
22 Tudor Boldor
23 Nicholas Onutu

• Only five players remain in Romania’s starting line-up from the team beaten 76-0 by South Africa.
• Adrian Motoc and captain Cristian Chirica will maintain their ever-present record in the second row and at number eight, while there are three survivors in the backs in scrum-half Gabriel Rupanu, outside-centre Jason Tomane and full-back Marius Simionescu.
• Head coach Eugen Apjok has handed a Rugby World Cup debut to former Tonga sevens international Taliauli Sikuea, who replaces Onutu on the left wing.
• Sioeli Lama will also make his RWC debut on the other wing, while replacement front-row forward Costel Burtila could win his first RWC cap.
• Alin Conache wins his eighth cap but his first as the starting fly-half. Normally a scrum-half, Conache has been pressed into action as an emergency 10 following a tournament-ending injury to Hinckley Vaovasa.
• Replacement scrum-half Florin Surugiu turns 39 in December and is the second oldest player in the tournament after Namibia’s PJ van Lill.