France v Wales Predictions & Tips

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Alan Wyn Jones - Wales

France and Wales warm up for their final Six Nations matches with a behind closed doors friendly in Paris on Saturday. Get’s best tips for this game.

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Saturday’s game between France and Wales in Paris may be inside an empty Stade de France, but it will be one game that Wales captain Alan Wyn Jones will never forget.

Jones will lead Wales out in Paris in what will be his 148th international appearance. It will be the 139th time he will have played for Wales, with another nine games coming in the shape of the British and Irish Lions.

By taking to the field, he will equal the record of appearance that is currently occupied by New Zealand legend Richie McCaw.

Wales coach Wayne Pivac has named his team and he is delighted to welcome back Jonathan Davies at centre for the first time since picking up a knee injury at the 2019 World Cup. Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar have been named in the halves, while Sam Parry and Louis Rees-Zammit are set to make their debuts from the bench.

France, who still have a chance of winning the Six Nations title, have named a strong side to take on the Welsh as they look to head into next weekend’s clash with Ireland on the back of a victory.

Vincent Rattez has been named on the wing with Gael Fickou moving to centre. Teddy Thomas is preferred on the other wing to Arthur Retiere, while Mohamed Haouas returns at prop following suspension.

This should be a thrilling contest, with both teams looking to shake off any rustiness ahead of a very important weekend of Six Nations rugby.

Normally the Stade de France would be full to capacity with partisan home supporters, but with no fans in the stadium this could actually play into Wales’ hands. I am backing the Welsh to take this one by 1-12 points, with the returning Davies crossing over for a try at any time in the 80 minutes.