26/10/2019

Rugby World Cup: Wales full strength for France quarter-final


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Wales backs Dan Biggar Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes have been passed fit to face France for its World Cup quarter-final on Sunday at Oita.
Davies has recovered from a knee injury suffered against Fiji while Parkes picked up a shoulder issue against Uruguay.
Biggar suffered head injuries that were different against Australia and Fiji and has been forced away in both matches.
Wing George North is accessible after recovering from an ankle injury.
Aaron Wainwright was given a place with Ross Moriarty named on the seat alongside Justin Tipuric along with Josh Navidi.
Ospreys second row Adam Beard among the replacements joins moriarty with Aaron Shingler dropping from the match-day squad.
Prop Rhys Carre retains his place on the seat with Nicky Smith, after impressing against Fiji.
After making 13 adjustments against Uruguay, Wales head coach Warren Gatland has arrive at the exact same side that defeated Australia along with Georgia on the best way
Davies has been coaching this week along with his leg heavily strapped but is given the all-clear.
The top try scorer at the tournament , wing Josh Adams and parkes, will be the sole Welsh players to start all five games.
Parkes picked up a shoulder issue against Uruguay at the last move of the game and he has been playing with a broken bone in his hand endured in the opening game against Georgia.
“Hadleigh took a full part in the present training session so that was the first time that he had taken a part since the knock on the trunk,” said Gatland on Friday.
“He raced on Wednesday and we’ve just kept him from the rugby and he also took a full role in today’s session.
“Jonathan trained two weeks ago so that he was healthy.
“They are fine. They’re equally fit and somewhat sore but will soon probably be ready to proceed on Sunday.”
While the Wales fly-half came off in an accident with all team-mate Liam Williams against Fiji following a try-saving tackle on Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi biggar failed a head injury evaluation against Australia.
The Welsh Rugby Union says it’s worked with World Rugby to provide the maximum degree of maintenance Considering that the concussion continued from Fiji nine days before.
The WRU says Biggar has remained symptom-free since the game and has completed the”graduated return to perform” process with no issues.
This included MRI scans and 2 consultations with a”globally renowned” independent concussion consultant from Australia.
The WRU states:”Due to all return-to-play protocols using been met, imaging being normal and ratification in the individual concussion consultant, Biggar has been deemed fit to perform.
“The WRU continues to ensure participant welfare is at the fore of our decision-making processes and so can be independent of the any team or competition.”
Gatland included:”We made sure concerning consulting the appropriate people and making sure they were aware of what, getting him scanned and seeing an independent consultant was important.
“We believe we have gone through the due diligence in ensuring we’ve covered all bases in relation to Dan. We’re currently taking all the precautions.
“Dan is still desperate to play, we have been conscious previously with George North that has had a few knocks along with other gamers.
“We only need to make sure if it will happen and he receives some temptations in the next few games or few months, there will likely be a different course of action.
“But he’s extremely convinced he is 100%”
France have made five changes from the side that defeated Tonga.
Scrum-half Antoine Dupont, that Gatland considers is among the world number nines, was troubled by a back problem however will take his place alongside half-back spouse Romain Ntamack.
The starting side consists out of their opening win from Argentina with all the only change being lock Bernard Le Roux.
The side of jacques Brunel shows six changes from the team that lost 24-19 in the Six Nations in February to Wales.
Full-back Maxime Medard is the only survivor from the French group which beat Wales in the 2011 World Cup.
Wales: L Williams; North, Jonathan Davies, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; Wyn Jones, Owens, Francis, Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Wainwright, Navidi, Tipuric.
Replacements: E Dee, Carre, D Lewis, Beard, Moriarty, T Williams, Patchell, Watkin.
France: Medard; Penaud, Vakatawa, Fickou, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Slimani, Le Roux, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Ollivon, Alldritt.
Replacements: Chat, Baille, Setiano Picamoles Lopez, Rattez.
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