Wales vs France match preview

Venue: Stade de France Date: Saturday, 18 March Kick-off: 14:45 GMT

Wales end their 2017 Six Nations campaign against France in a match which will help decide the final standings. Teams lying 2nd to 5th place are separated by one point with Ireland and Wales on 10 points and France and Scotland on 9.

Wales are unchanged from last week’s encounter with Ireland. This decision has come as a surprise to some who expected Rob Howley to mix things up and bring in some new blood before their summer tour.

France have made four changes to the side that comfortably overcame Italy with  Vahaamahina, Christopher Tolofua, Le Devedec, Chouly coming in.

Failure to add to their two victories in this campaign would represent Wales’ worst winning return in the Six Nations since 2010. However France have only won two of their last seven Six Nations matches though Les Bleus have an impressive home record winning seven of their last ten home Six Nations matches.

France: Dulin; Nakaitaci, Lamerat, Fickou, Vakatawa; Lopez, Serin; Baille, Guirado, Slimani; Vahaamahina, Maestri; Sanconnie, Gourdon, Picamoles.

Replacements: Chat, Atonio, Ben Arous, Le Devedec, Chouly, Dupont, Trinh-Duc, Huget.

Wales: Halfpenny; North, Davies, S Williams, L Williams; Biggar, Webb; Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, Wyn Jones, Warburton, Tipuric, Moriarty.

Replacements: Baldwin, Smith, Lee, Charteris, Faletau, G Davies, S Davies, Roberts.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Touch judges: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) and Matthew Carley (England)

TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Prediction- Wales Win

 

 

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