Wales make three changes for team to face France!
Wales have made three changes to the their RBS 6 Nations clash against France.
1. Ryan Jones is returning to lead the side.
2. Ospreys Richard Hibbard is in
3. Justin Tipuric is in the starting XV
Captain Sam Warburton has failed to recover from a stinger injury sustained in the defeat to Ireland last weekend.
Ryan Jones will lead Wales for a record 30th time when he lines up at six alongside Tipuric at openside flanker and Toby Faletau at number eight.
Hibbard returns from injury to take his place in the front-row, alongside Gethin Jenkins and Ospreys team mate Adam Jones.
Andrew Coombs and Ian Evans will continue their second row partnership.
Interim Wales head coach Rob Howley has named an unchanged backline.
Jamie Roberts will win his 50th cap in The Stade de France. playing alongside Jonathan Davies in the midfield.
Mike Phillips will continue his half-back partnership with Dan Biggar.
In the back-three, Leigh Halfpenny lines up at full-back with Alex Cuthbert and George North on the wings.
There are two changes amongst the replacements with Aaron Shingler replacing Tipuric and Lou Reed (Blues) replacing Olly Kohn.
“We didn’t start the tournament the way we wanted to on the weekend but Saturday is a chance for us to go out and show what we can do,”. “We know that we will have to start well and start the way we finished the game against Ireland.” Said Coach Rob Howley.
Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Andrew Coombs, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones (C), Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau.
REPLACEMENTS: Ken Owens, Paul James, Craig Mitchell, Lou Reed, Aaron Shingler, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Scott Williams.