Wales vs France
20th October 8:15 am Sunday
When they confront for a location in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals on Sunday, wales will look to keep their recent album.
Warren Gatlands side have won seven of their past eight encounters with Les Bleus including a gorgeous success in Paris from the very first game of the years Six Nations Grand Slam-winning campaign.
Can Wales move 1 step closer to giving Gatland an ideal farewell or may France throw the formbook from the window at Oita?
In 2015, Wales hobbled to the World Cup quarter-finals, their group.
This time, they with three cogs in their all passed match.
Dan Biggar has adopted return-to-play protocols while George North and Jonathan Davies both have shaken off to begin in fly-half whines to begin.
It is exactly the side that started Wales opening two World Cup matches against Georgia along with Australia, underlining the consistency of choice of Warren Gatland.
Consistency is a place where France are lacking but Damian Penaud continuing about the wing and they also received good news together with Antoine Dupont.
Dupont is most likely one of the best nines on the planet, hes extremely robust and very influential, said Gatland.
Good information for Wales.
That has been Stuart Barnes response earlier this week after hearing Romain Ntamack would begin at fly-half before Camille Lopez.
That has been confirmed on Friday afternoon, Ntamack keeping his place in the beginning line-up using Lopez providing bench cover.
Lopez started for France when they lost to Wales kicking at nine points. The Clermont 10 brings structure and an accurate boot to help build stress, however, Jacques Brunel has gambled on Ntamack – on his Evaluation – to lead France.
Brunel has been taken by surprise when he watched the name of Biggar at the Wales line-up.
Also the Welsh Rugby Union stated the fly-half was symptom-free because his accidental collision with Liam Williams although biggar suffered two concussions during the pool stages.
In the French tournament, two concussions is three weeks out, said Brunel, including that when the Rugby World Cup followed the rules of the Best 14, Biggarcouldnt play.
But, Gatland said Biggar has gone through each of the return-to-play protocols and that Wales has takenall the proper precautions.
We made sure concerning consulting the perfect people and making certain that they were conscious of everything, getting him scanned, (that the ) independent consultant – which was important, Gatland said.
Wales have previous history about a player coming back in concussion.
After being told to rest by physicians after four concussions in just 3 months, north had five weeks outside in 2015.
Gatlands reign or brunel will come to an end on Sunday, both coaches having already announced theyll step down after the World Cup.
Brunel is going to be replaced by Fabien Galthie, a guy he brought in after the latest Nations campaign of France as helper in April.
Like Brunel has been not able to haul the French team out of its slump that is long-term. Speculation swirls that the 65-year-old has not got a deal on his players, so the French might not be far from mutiny. Which is about the norm for France.
Gatland will not be underestimating France, who have attained the semi-finals in six of the eight variations of the World Cup. Such as 2011 if they beat Wales in the semis they moved on to make the closing, on three occasions.
The message to the gamers is you have two options here: were either on the plane on Monday moving home, or we are here until the close of the tournament, Gatland said.
Gatland returns home to Hamilton to coach the Chiefs.
Hed like to return as a World Cup-winning coach, ticking off the box at a yearlong restart.
Losing to France are a disappointing conclusion to his reign.
Stephen Jones claims that Wales 2011 World Cup semi-final defeat against France will createexcellent fuel for Sundays showdown in Oita.
Former Wales fly-half Jones went on as a second-half replacement eight years back, missing a transformation as Wales endured an defeat after skipper Sam Warburton was controversially sent away.
It is good fuel to drive you forward to reach your objectives, and that is what that is, said Jones, who is currently Wales assistant coach.
It was a tight match. When we were down to 14, we fought hard and it still could have gone either way.
Wed accumulated a great deal of momentum in that World Cup, and were at a great place.
It is unfortunate we lost the match and the way we did. There were some wonderful experiences of that 2011 World Cup. Yes, it had been unsatisfactory. Thats sport.
This is a different group of players. The vast majority werent, although that day some were included. You examine the recent games against France and the boys have had a fantastic success.
Wales: 15 Liam Williams; 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams; 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Wyn Jones, two Ken Owens, 3 Tomas Francis; 4 Jake Ball, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c); 6 Aaron Wainwright, seven Justin Tipuric, 8 Josh Navidi.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin.
France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont; 1 Jefferson Poirot, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 3 Rabah Slimani, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 7 Charles Ollivon, 8 Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Vincent Rattez.