France vs Wales preview

March 17th, 2011 by Liam Emerson

Injured Welsh winger Shane Williams will be replaced by 18 year old George North for Wales’ Six Nations finale against France. Williams misses out on what would have been a personal Six Nations denoument after announcing that he will almost certainly retire from International rugby after the tournament. Adam Jones is also set to return to the Wales side following an elbow injury, replacing injured tight-head Craig Mitchell, for Saturday’s Stade de France showdown.

France coach Marc Lievremont makes five changes to his side for the clash against Wales. Alexis Palisson of Brive, who has failed to nail down a consistent starting berth, is on the left wing. Damien Traille and David Marty are reunited in the centre six years after last playing there and Thomas Domingo, wrecker of the Scotland scrum before being rested for the defeat to Italy in Rome, returns along with the No8 Imanol Harinordoquy, who described last Saturday’s defeated squad as “useless prats”.

Wales are the only team that can scupper England’s title chances and will want to continue their good form in Paris. France, however, come off the back of a one point defeat to italy, with Lievremont given the unwanted award of being the first French Manager to lose against the Italians.

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