France vs Wales line-up: team news ahead of the Six Nations game
The winner of the Six Nations title could be decided in France’s home game against Wales on Saturday.
Fabien Galthie’s side play ahead of Ireland, who will win the Grand Slam if they defeat England in Dublin. However, if they lose later in the day, France could become champions.
The following permutations are based on Ireland losing to England without losing a bonus point. If France defeats Wales without a bonus point given to a team for four tries or more, they must win the game by 21 points to win the title (based on current points difference). If France won by a bonus point, the trophy would be theirs.
If Ireland lose to England but claim a lost bonus point, France must beat Wales by a bonus point and win the game by 21 points to win the title (based on current points difference).
Here’s everything you need to know about the fortification.
When is France vs Wales and what TV channel is it on?
The game will kick off at 2.45pm BST on Saturday 18th March. It will be shown on ITV 1 and streamed on ITVX.
What’s new from the team?
France have made two changes to their starting XI, with Uini Atonio back in the squad after his suspension. He was sidelined for two games after suffering a high tackle in their match against Ireland earlier in the tournament. The other change comes with Romain Taofifenua replacing Paul Willemse on the second row.
Bastien Chalureau will try to make his first appearance of the tournament from the bench.
Wales, meanwhile, have made six changes to their starting XI. Louis Rees-Zammit starts at full-back for the injured Liam Williams, there’s a new center partnership in George North and Nick Tompkins and Dan Biggar get the keys back in 10th place.
For forwards, Alun Wyn Jones and Aaron Wainwright come in the second and back rows respectively. And No 8 Taulupe Faletau will win his 100th cap for Wales.
Formation France against Wales
France: Thomas Ramos; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Ethan Dumortier; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Thibaud Flament, Romain Taofenua, Francios Cros, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.
Substitute: Peato Mauvaka, Reda Wardi, Sipili Falatea, Bastien Chalureau, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana, Melvyn Jaminet.
Wales: Louis Rees-Zammit; Josh Adams, George North, Nick Tompkins, Rio Dyer; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Substitute: Bradley Roberts, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Dafydd Jenkins, Tommy Reffell, Tomos Williams, Owen Williams, Leigh Halfpenny
France – 1/25
Tie – 50/1
Wales – 14/1
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