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Wales lined up in Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies for the game France, because Dan Biggar is declared fit

Wales lined up in Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies for crucial Six Nations clash against France, as Dan Biggar is declared fit after head injury

  • Ross Moriarty will replace Aaron Wainwright with blindside flanker on Saturday
  • Gareth Davies comes in for scrum-half Tomos Williams against France
  • Otherwise, the starting XV that lost to Ireland are all preserved

Wales brought in Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies for their next game of Six Nations against France, while Wayne Pivac made two changes for the Cardiff test.

Moriarty enters the blindside flanker for Aaron Wainwright, who falls on the couch, and scrum-half Davies replaces Tomos Williams.

Otherwise, the starting XV who lost to Ireland last time in Dublin, with George North and Nick Tompkins in it, Josh Adams and Dan Biggar declared fit after hip and head blows.

Gareth Davies comes on scrum-half for Tomos Williams for Wales against France

Gareth Davies comes on scrum-half for Tomos Williams for Wales against France

Ross Moriarty (photo) replaces Aaron Wainwright at the blindside flanker for the collision

Ross Moriarty (photo) replaces Aaron Wainwright at the blindside flanker for the collision

Ross Moriarty (photo) replaces Aaron Wainwright at the blindside flanker for the collision

Biggar has completed all of his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months and the WRU requested advice from a concussion expert before selecting him for this game.

The Bank of Wales has changed slightly, with an open slot Will Rowlands and prop Rob Evans on it instead of Adam Beard and Rhys Carré.

At Davies ‘return head coach Wayne Pivac said:’ Gareth was not available in the first round and came off the bench the last time so he is full of energy and we look forward to bringing him to his match on Saturday. “

Dan Biggar has already completed his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months

Dan Biggar has already completed his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months

Dan Biggar has already completed his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months

And the New Zealander explained his other changes.

“Ross has impressed the bank so far and brought a lot of energy and communication, so he deserves a chance to get started,” Pivac added.

“We have changed around the second row on the bench, we are trying to create competition there and Will has trained well and we look forward to seeing him on that stage.

Wales coach Wayne Pivac said he is looking forward to an “electric” atmosphere on Saturday

‘We want to build on what we have done so far and want to be more accurate with what we do and improve that aspect.

“Saturday will be a crowded principality stadium, we know the atmosphere will be electric and it’s set for a big day in Cardiff.”

Wales has not lost home from France since 2010, but Les Bleus is unbeaten in the tournament and defeated England and Italy in Paris.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY FRANCE (Saturday, February 22, KO 16.45 BBC & S4C)

15. Leigh Halfpenny (87 capsules)

14. George North (93 capsules)

13. Nick Tompkins (2 capsules)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (27 capsules)

11. Josh Adams (23 Caps)

10. Then Biggar (81 Caps)

9. Gareth Davies (52 capsules)

1. Wyn Jones (24 capsules)

2. Ken Owens (75 capsules)

3. Dillon Lewis (24 capsules)

4. Jake Ball (44 Caps)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (136 Caps)

6. Ross Moriarty (43 capsules)

7. Justin Tipuric (74 capsules)

8. Taulupe Faletau (74 capsules)

replacements:

16. Ryan Elias (11 Caps)

17. Rob Evans (37 capsules)

18. Leon Brown (8 capsules)

19. Will Rowlands (* Not covered)

20. Aaron Wainwright (20 capsules)

21. Tomos Williams (18 capsules)

22. Jarrod Evans (5 Caps)

23. Johnny McNicholl (2 capsules)

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