Wales’ date with France in Paris this weekend marks the very first test in a six-match campaign for Wayne Pivac’s men.
The Wales employer has actually gone for seven modifications in workers to deal with Les Bleus, compared to the group originally chosen to deal with Scotland in the postponed 6 Countries match in March.
That component will now be played out on October 31at Parc y Scarlets, prior to Wales participate in the brand-new Fall Nations Cup. You can see Wales’ fall components here.
What time is France v Wales kick-off?
France v Wales begins at 8.10 pm UK time on Saturday, October 24, in Paris. It is 9.10 pm regional time, and the match had actually previously been due to kick off on the hour.
What TELEVISION channel is France v Wales on?
France v Wales is being revealed live on ITV4 and S4C.
What about live streaming?
What’s the group news?
Pivac has actually chosen a brand-new looking front-row: Ryan Elias takes over from the hurt Ken Owens at hooker, and Rhys Carre and the recalled Samson Lee are the two props. Lee, on 41 caps, will make his first appearance for Wales in more than a year.
Taulupe Faletau starts at No. 8, and Aaron Wainwright gets approval on the blindside flank with Josh Navidi going through concussion procedures.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal Richie McCaw’s record when he takes the field, for international appearances with his 148 th cap in overall for Wales and the Lions.
Lions star Jonathan Davies returns having actually recuperated from his World Cup knee injury practically a year earlier, and he links up with Nick Tompkins at centre.
George North begins on the right wing, having been sidelined through suspension given that mid-August for a red card tackle. Josh Adams is on the other wing, with Leigh Halfpenny at full-back.
Rhys Webb has actually been selected for scrum-half over Gareth Davies, and Dan Biggar keeps the No.10 jersey.
On the bench, there is room for uncapped Gloucester leading device Louis Rees-Zammit, who will come on to make his debut in Paris.
There’s likewise a location amongst the replacement for Ospreys hooker Sam Parry.
As for France, they have called a powerful side, with just the one change in personnel from the group which beat Wales 27-23 at the Principality Arena in February.
That sees Montpellier’s Vincent Rattez being available in on the wing, with Gael Fickou moving into the centre and Arthur Vincent going on to the bench.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Sam Parry, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, James Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Patchell, Louis Rees-Zammit.
France: Anthony Bouthier; Teddy Thomas, Vrimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas; Bernard Le Roux, Damien Willemse; François Cros, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Aldritt.
Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Vincent, Thomas Ramos.
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What have the coaches stated?
France head coach Fabien Galthie: “ This team appears like the starting 15 of our very first match at the 6 Nations against England. We like continuity.
” Our group is growing and getting individual and cumulative maturity.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: “The gamers are excited, it has been a long period of time, we can’t wait on Saturday.
” We have 6 matches this autumn and the game versus France assists us return into our stride global rugby-wise.
” We have actually picked a skilled side and are up against a good French team so we want to begin this autumn well and get on the front foot for the Guinness Six Nations fixture against Scotland.
” We have talked already about how lucky we are to be going about our work on a daily basis. A lot of people can’t do that and definitely within our organisation there are a lot of individuals not back at work.
” From our viewpoint this Saturday is a chance to prepare for this competition and for Scotland, but two, to put some smiles on faces and put on a good efficiency and make the country proud.”