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The return of fit-again captain Sam Warburton is Wales’ only starting change for Saturday’s Grand Slam match with France at the Millennium Stadium.

The open-side missed the 24-3 win over Italy with a knee injury but has been able to train normally this week.

Justin Tipuric impressed against Italy but drops out of the 22, as Ryan Jones covers more positions from the bench.

‘Wales should decide if roof is open’ – and Gatland amuses journalists

In the only other change, scrum-half Lloyd Williams returns among the replacements in place of Rhys Webb.

Williams, the Blues nine who is the son of Wales great Brynmor, was a late withdrawal last week because of a thigh strain but returns for rookie Webb, who enjoyed his first taste of Test rugby against the Azzurri.

“We have our captain back and, although Justin Tipuric is unlucky after playing well in his place last week, Sam’s presence is a welcome boost to everyone,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

Unbeaten Wales have been able to name the same backline for the fifth match running, with the Blues and the Scarlets providing three backs each alongside France-based Mike Phillips.

The Bayonne scrum-half is the only player in the starting line-up currently plying his trade outside Wales.

Matthew Rees keeps his place in the number two shirt, with Scarlets team-mate Ken Owens is again the reserve hooker, and is set to win his 50th cap for his country.

Ten of Gatland’s selection have started every match in the tournament – the backline of Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Rhys Priestland and Phillips, plus Dragons number eight Toby Faletau, Ospreys lock Ian Evans and Ospreys prop Adam Jones.

Wales last played France in the World Cup semi-final in Auckland last October, a game won 9-8 by Les Bleus which will be remembered for the early dismissal of Wales captain Warburton.

Just three players – Shane Williams (retired), Huw Bennett (injured) and Luke Charteris (on the bench) – are absent from the side that started against France at Eden Park last Autumn.

Although the Wales camp has played down talk of Saturday’s clash being a revenge mission, they will relish the chance to put right that defeat and secure a third Grand Slam in eight years – adding to those won in 2005 and ’08.

“We are obviously aware of what this game means to the fans, 60,000 of them came to the Millennium Stadium during the Rugby World Cup to watch us face France in the semi-final on the television screens and that tells you everything about how dedicated they are,” added Gatland.

“But this weekend we play in front of a sell-out 74,500 crowd with a chance to make history in Cardiff, they will be there to watch us in the flesh.

“They can make a real and positive contribution to the atmosphere and, like us, will be thinking of nothing other than the here and now.

“In camp all we can and must do is make preparations as normal, the magnitude of the game is not lost on us but it is irrelevant to how we prepare.”

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, capt), 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, capt), 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).

Credit BBC Sport.

Saturday, 10 March

Wales v Italy BBC ONE, 1400-1630

John Inverdale presents live coverage from the Millennium Stadium as Wales and Italy kick off the penultimate weekend of this year’s Six Nations.
Warren Gatland’s side cruised to a comfortable victory against the Italians when the two sides met in Cardiff two years ago, thanks to tries from James Hook and Shane Williams. The visitors will start as underdogs again as they look to avoid finishing the competition with the wooden spoon.
Jeremy Guscott and Shane Williams are in the studio to offer their views on the game. Jonathan Davies joins Alastair Eykyn in the commentary box.

Ireland v Scotland BBC ONE, 1630-1900

Gabby Logan introduces live coverage from the Aviva Stadium as Ireland host Scotland.
The Scots will be looking for a repeat of two years ago when a last-gasp penalty gave them a dramatic victory in Dublin. But Ireland bounced back at Murrayfield last year, as 11 points from Ronan O’Gara helped them to a narrow win.
Keith Wood and Andy Nicol are in the studio to offer their opinions on the match. Commentary comes from Andrew Cotter, who is joined by Philip Matthews.

Sunday, 11 March

France v England BBC ONE, 1430-1700

John Inverdale presents live coverage from the Stade de France as France take on England.
New-look England, skippered by Chris Robshaw, are looking for revenge following last year’s World Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of Les Bleus. But when these two last met in Paris two years ago, France secured a narrow 12-10 win to claim the Grand Slam.
Jeremy Guscott, Thomas Castaignede and Jonathan Davies, are on hand to offer their views on the action. Commentary comes from Eddie Butler and Brian Moore.

France : 15-Clement Poitrenaud, 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-Aurelien Rougerie, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Julien Malzieu, 10-François Trinh-Duc, 9-Morgan Parra; 1-Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2-Dimitri Szarzewski, 3-Nicolas Mas, 4-Pascal Pape, 5-Yoann Maestri, 6-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 7-Julien Bonnaire, 8-Imanol Harinordoquy

Replacements: 16-William Servat, 17-Vincent Debaty, 18-Lionel Nallet, 19-Louis Picamoles, 20-Julien Dupuy, 21-Lionel Beauxis, 22-Maxime Mermoz

Ireland : 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Keith Earls, 12-Gordon D’Arcy, 11-Andrew Trimble, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray; 1-Cian Healy, 2-Rory Best, 3-Mike Ross, 4-Donncha O’Callaghan, 5-Paul O’Connell (captain), 6-Stephen Ferris, 7-Sean O’Brien, 8-Jamie Heaslip

Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Tom Court, 18-Donnacha Ryan, 19-Peter O’Mahony, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Ronan O’Gara, 22-Fergus McFadden

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head
Of 89 Tests between them, France have won 55 to Ireland’s 29. The last draw was in 1985.
This is the first 5/6 Nations match in nearly 25 years to be rearranged because of the weather. In 1987 Wales v Ireland & England v Scotland were played in April after originally being scheduled in January.
The Stade de France was the scene of Irish heartbreak in football when they lost a 2010 World Cup play-off match after a handball by Thierry Henry, known as the ‘Hand of Frog.’

France
France have won nine of their past 12 Tests, and lost three (only failing to score a try in one).
Les Bleus have won their past nine home matches in the Six Nations championship.
Imanol Harinordoquy has never lost a Six Nations match at the Stade de France in which he has started.

Ireland

Against Italy, Tommy Bowe moved into third in Ireland’s all-time try scoring list with 22.
Ronan O’Gara is the only survivor from either side who played the last time Ireland won in Paris.
Ireland have scored a try in all 17 Six Nations games since Declan Kidney took charge.

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Posted: February 27, 2012 in 6 Nations
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