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WALES visit France as they bid for a second Grand Slam in three years.
The Dragons have confounded their critics to move within one match of completing the slam, but this game could prove to be their toughest.
France are looking to keep their title hopes alive after defeat to EnglandCredit: AP
Alun Wyn Jones could lead Wales to a second Grand Slam in three yearsCredit: AP
The Welsh, meanwhile, do not need a victory to be sure of the title.
Here’s what Wales have to do to win the Six Nations if they miss out on the Grand Slam.
What time does France vs Wales kick off?
- France vs Wales takes place TODAY – Saturday, March 20.
- The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in France.
- It takes place behind closed doors at the Stade de France and will be the French’s first home game of the tournament.
- Pontypool-born English official Luke Pearce will be referee for the game.
How Wales can win the Six Nations against France
What TV channel is France vs Wales on and can I live stream it?
- France vs Wales is live on BBC One in the UK.
- Coverage commences at 7.15pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
- To stream the game live, head to the BBC iPlayer.
- Viewers who want to watch in Welsh can catch all the action live on S4C.
- France 2 is showing all Six Nations matches live in France.
- Last time the sides met at this venue was in October when France ran out 38-21 winners in an Autumn Nations Cup warm-up match.
France have named an unchanged team from their defeat against England at Twickenham last week.
Despite the result, Mathieu Jalibert impressed at fly-half and keeps his spot in Fabien Galthie’s biggest call.
Wales have made just the one change for this one with giant second row Adam Beard coming back into the side for Cory Hill.
France have named an unchanged team to face Wales
Adam Beard comes into the Wales side for the trip to France
To win the match
To win the Six Nations
Grand Slam winner
No Grand Slam winner 1/3
* Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Friday, March 19
What they said
France head coach Fabien Galthie: “We’re very satisfied with the performance of the team in generally.
“We’re very satisfied with the potential of this team too.
“In Twickenham, we felt a lot potential and strength in this team and what we need to do a week later is to bounce back against Wales with the potential that is at the heart of this team.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac is desperate to deliver a Grand Slam for the country where he has lived the past seven years of his life.
The Kiwi said: “It would mean everything, really.
“Coming up to seven years, you understand what it means to the country, and what it can do to productivity.
“I noticed walking round the golf course here at our hotel, on the day off, the amount of people that were saying good luck for the weekend, they are very supportive.
“That changes very quickly, from the autumn [when Wales finished fifth in the Six Nations] to now!”
Here’s a look at the Wales replacements:
16 Elliot Dee, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Cory Hill, 20 James Botham, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 Uilisi Halaholo
Fabien Galthie has these men at his disposal off the bench:
16 Camile Chat, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Uini Antonio, 19 Swan Rebbadj, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Arthur Vincent.
WALES STARTING XV
Wayne Pivac makes one change to the side that swept Italy aside in Rome last week.
Adam Beard comes in for Cory Hill in the second row.
15 Liam Williams; 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Josh Adams; 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies
1 Nicky Smith, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Josh Navidi, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Taulupe Faletau
FRANCE STARTING XV
Fabien Galthie names an unchanged side to the team that narrowly lost to England last week .
15 Brice Dulin; 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Damian Penaud; 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Antoine Dupont
1 Cyril Baille, 2 Julien Marchand, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 4 Romain Taofifenau, 5 Paul Willemse, 6 Dylan Cretin, 7 Charles Ollivon, 8 Gregory Alldritt
Welcome to our live blog of France vs Wales in what could be the Six Nations decider.
A Welsh win in Paris would secure a second Grand Slam victory in three years, after Warren Gatland led the Dragons to Grand Slam victory in 2019.
A French win really makes things complicated, but a slender French victory would still hand Wayne Pivac’s side the Six Nations title.
Critics would say Wales have been fortunate to be in this position, after benefitting from red cards to both Ireland and Scotland.
Refereeing decisions then dominated the game against England, but Wales fans will not care one bit.
The emergence of Louis Rees-Zammit on the wing, as well as some excellent flowing rugby means Wales are in pole position for another Grand Slam title.
Victory would secure a FIFTH Grand Slam title, but it would be their first one secured away from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
The omens bode well for Wayne Pivac an Co. though as Wales have beaten France in three out of the last four clashes at the Stade de France.
France though will be confident of keeping their own Six Nations hopes alive, with victory against Wales and Scotland means Les Bleus could still win the title.
It should be an absolute cracker.
Kick off is at 8pm and team news will follow shortly.
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