Sam Warburton
Warburton will captain Wales against France. erft

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is at 8pm and the game will be shown live on BBC One, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru & online with live text avaliable on the BBC Sport website.


We should expect a Friday-night showstopper at the Millenium Stadium as a riled Wales look to salvage the belief of their home support who were forced to witness a crushing 26-3 defeat at the hands of an exceptional Irish side two weeks ago.

France meanwhile travel to Cardiff on the back of a decent second half against Italy at Stade-de France in round two where they began to show off some of their French flair after a flat first half against Parisse's Azzuri.

After a poor performance in Ireland, British and Irish Lions scrum half Mike Phillips has been dropped by coach Warren Gatland in favour of Rhys Webb while France's back line is bolstered by the return of Mathieu Bastareaud.

Reigning champions Wales have not lost successive Six Nations games since 2010 however France have beaten Wales at the Millennium Stadium in five of their last seven visits and are unbeaten thus far in the championship.

What the Coaches Say

Warren Gatland:

"Friday is a massive game for us

"As a squad we have a huge amount of experience in this tournament and we will be calling on that this weekend.

"We see the game as a huge opportunity for us to put things right."

Philippe Saint-Andre:

Fifteen England players were rested last weekend, most of the Irish, 20 Welsh. We, we just had six players rested.

"We would have liked to protect our hookers but we lost Kayser, who was among the leaders of the group.

"We wanted to include Brice (Mach) in the squad at the start of the season but we couldn't because he was injured.

"He has only had four days to work with us, to understand our tactics, our line-outs. But I'm confident he will give everything he can."



Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, George North, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Rhys Webb, Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements:Ken Owens (Scarlets); Paul James (Bath), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan).


Brice Dulin; Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastareaud, Wesley Fofana, Hugo Bonneval, Jules Plisson, Jean Marc Doussain, Thomas Domingo, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Yannick Nyanga, Wenceslas Lauret, Louis Picamoles.

Replacements: Brice Mach, Yannick Forestier, Vincent Debaty, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly, Maxime Machenaud, Remi Tales, Gael Fickou.