Wales unchanged for final Six Nations clash against France

Wales will field an unchanged team for their Six Nations finale against France in Paris on Saturday.

Interim head coach Rob Howley has predictably retained the starting line-up that accounted for Ireland 22-9 five days ago.

It means that Bath forwards Luke Charteris and Taulupe Faletau remain among the replacements as Wales target a sixth successive victory over Les Bleus, while hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap.

If Wales win - and England beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday - then Howley's men will secure a top-four world ranking place ahead of the 2019 World Cup pool draw in May.

Speaking about the team, who dismantled Ireland last week, Howley said:

"I was delighted for the players about Friday's result and performance, and they deserve the opportunity to build on that in our final RBS 6 Nations encounter.

"The experience we showed and the intensity we brought to the match was hugely important, and that will be just as important as we face a good France team at home."

Wales have toppled Les Bleus five times at Stade de France, with their last defeat there being a 28-9 reversal in 2011.

Wales team to play France in Paris on Saturday.

L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); R Evans (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), J Tipuric (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester).

Replacements: S Baldwin (Ospreys), N Smith (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), L Charteris (Bath), T Faletau (Bath), G Davies (Scarlets), S Davies (Ospreys), J Roberts (Harlequins).

 

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