What are the teams for France v Wales?

Taulupe Faletau runs in to score a try 11/3/2023
France will look to put pressure on Ireland by winning their final game of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations at home to Wales on Super Saturday.

France will look to put pressure on Ireland by winning their final game of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations at home to Wales on Super Saturday.

Les Bleus are the only team who could deny Ireland the title, needing to beat Wales, ideally with a bonus point, and then hope for an Irish slip-up at home to England.

To do so, they must beat a Wales team fresh from their first victory of the second Warren Gatland era, away in Rome last week.

France, though, will be brimming with confidence themselves, after handing England their heaviest-ever home defeat in Round 4 when they won 53-10 at Twickenham, a first Championship success at the ground in 18 years.

France team news

As has been Fabien Galthié’s custom, France have kept changes to a minimum, with just two new faces from those who started in the win in England.

Uini Atonio is back from suspension and slots straight in at tighthead for Dorian Aldegheri, who drops out of the matchday 23 altogether.

The other change sees Romain Taofifenua replace the injured Paul Willemse in the second row, while the rest of the team is as you were.

On the bench, Taofifenua’s promotion opens the door for Bastien Chalureau to make his Guinness Six Nations bow, having earned his first caps for France in the Autumn Nations Series in wins over South Africa and Japan.

France team to face Wales: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Ethan Dumortier, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 1 Cyril Baille, 2 Julien Marchand, 3 Uini Atonio, 4 Thibaud Flament, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 6 François Cros, 7 Charles Ollivon, 8 Grégory Alldritt

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka 17 Reda Wardi, 18 Sipili Falatea, 19 Bastien Chalureau, 20 Sekou Macalou, 21 Maxime Lucu, 22 Yoram Moefana, 23 Melvyn Jaminet

Wales team news

For Wales, it is set to be a momentous day for No.8 Taulupe Faletau, who will win his 100th cap for his country after being named in the starting line-up.

There are two changes to the pack, with Alun Wyn Jones back starting in place of Dafydd Jenkins in the second row, while Aaron Wainwright gets the nod at blindside flanker in the absence of the injured Jac Morgan.

There are more changes in the backline, four in all, with Dan Biggar fit again to start at fly-half, while Louis Rees-Zammit gets his chance at full-back with Liam Williams out injured.

It is also a new-look midfield as Nick Tompkins and George North are reunited in the centres.

On the bench, Dillon Lewis is in line to win his 50th cap for his country as tighthead cover, while Bradley Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny both come into the matchday 23.

Wales team to face France: 15 Louis Rees-Zammit, 14 Josh Adams, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Rio Dyer, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (c), 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: 16 Bradley Roberts, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Dafydd Jenkins, 20 Tommy Reffell, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Leigh Halfpenny