Wales v France Teams 2012 Six Nations

Wales host France at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 17 March with kick-off at 14:45 GMT and live on BBC One. The match is the opportunity for Wales to claim their third grand-slam in eight years and they go in as strong favourites to win and assuage some of the hurt at losing the RWC semi-final in New Zealand to Le Bleus.

Gatland has made just one change to the starting line up with Sam Warburton returning as skipper and 7. Unfortunately for Justin Tipuric, being a specialist 7 means he drops out of the match day squad even with a starring performance last time out. The other change is on the bench, where Lloyd Williams returns at the expense of Rhys Webb.

Philippe Saint-Andre has made several changes to his team that will travel to Cardiff. Dimitri Yachvili is back to partner Bauxis, Fofan moves to the wing and Florian Fritz comes into the centre. On the other wing Alexis Palisson replaces Julien Malzieu. In the pack William Servat starts ahead of Szarzewski at 2, David Attoub replaces Mas and Maestri replaces Lionel Nallet in the 2nd row

We think this will be a harder game for Wales than some expect as France will turn-up and perform. So our tip is a narrow win for Wales.


WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Blues), Alex Cuthbert (Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Blues), George North (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Michael Phillips (Bayonne), Gethin Jenkins (Blues, capt), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Dragons), Sam Warburton (Blues, C), Toby Faletau (Dragons).
REPLACEMENTS: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Dragons), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Blues), James Hook (Perpignan), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

FRANCE: C Poitrenaud (Toulouse), W Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), F Fritz (Toulouse), A Palisson (Toulon), L Beauxis (Stade Francais), D Yachvili (Biarritz), J-B Poux (Toulouse), W Servat (Toulouse), D Attoub (Stade Francais), P Pape (Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, C), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz).
REPLACEMENTS: D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), V Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), L Picamoles (Toulouse), M Parra (Clermont), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), J-M Buttin (Clermont Auvergne).


Referee : Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges : Wayne Barnes and Stuart Terheege (both England)
TV : Iain Ramage (Scotland)