World News – GB – Welsh squad most likely to face France this weekend

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The France-Wales match in Paris will kick off a busy fall schedule that sees Wayne Pivac’s players play six tests

Anyone who wants to remember how difficult it can be to predict a selection from a Wales side only needs to look back to 1993 after a dismal loss to Scotland

Even the regimental goat who ran pre-game routines at Cardiff Arms Park at the time would have been worried about keeping his job

Well, getting the Welsh pack to Edinburgh required six or seven new faces up front, right? Some wanted a completely fresh eight The harshest critics wanted a few of the attackers sent to Saint Helena

But when the squad was announced for the game with Ireland, the only casualty was poor Wayne Proctor on the left wing

Is he going strong in the warm-up against France this weekend, ahead of the Six Nations meeting with Scotland the following week? You think so, because players need to be tuned in Or is he seriously starting to introduce fresh blood? It would be a bold call, especially after three consecutive losses

Is Liam Williams ready to resume after playing just one game in a year?

But Leigh Halfpenny has been solid for the Scarlets If form counts for anything, he will be on the run-on side at the Stade de France

Like all talented people, Adams goes to great lengths away from the lights

Davies is still stepping up a gear after his long absence from the match due to injury

The Welsh team also includes three young centers, each with different skills and each capable of doing work for Wayne Pivac

But the experience and quality proven in the heat of the battle continue to set Davies apart from the rest

He has seen it all and, as long as he deems him fit, he should start in Paris

The Dragons’ start to the campaign has been uneven, but Tompkins is a player’s buzzword and his class shone in the loss to Leinster

Is he tall enough and defensively strong enough to play center at Test level? Well, he’s a former flanker, so he can really attack

Does he have the kicking game to back up his no ten? He has worked on this particular skill and is a good passer. He is also extremely enthusiastic, good at breaking down and a player who never stops working

North has only played 14 minutes of rugby in seven months, which is not ideal, but Liam Williams is in the mix having played even less rugby for a longer period of time

Louis Rees-Zammit is waiting for his chance and Jonah Holmes has caught the attention of the Dragons

He performed well for Wales against England last time at Test level and scored a nice try for the Ospreys before the indiscretion against the Dragons which led to a red card and suspension of four weeks

There will be a lobby to rush Callum Sheedy into the starting lineup – of course there will be

But he reportedly didn’t train with Wales last week as he prepared for Bristol’s European Cup final against Toulon this weekend

Biggar is the man in possession and if the coaches do their job they will know exactly how much he is worth for one side

Just five months ago, Northampton Saints coach Chris Boyd was saying: « Dan’s world class He’s as good as anyone I’ve ever coached, a tough cock

« Whatever word you use, be it courage, mental toughness or resilience, guys like Dan don’t go away »

Outstanding against Edinburgh, he did not hit top speed against Ulster – all in the span of a week

He is a quality artist and we expect the rugby test to bring him the best

Ken Owens has been an absolute mainstay for Wales – a rock, a starter player or whatever you want to label someone who can be relied on to stand on the defensive frontline and be the first to tackle and also be the first to bring hard yards to the heart of the opponent’s cover

Elias appears next in the list for the position, although much will depend on performance in training

Dillon Lewis and Leon Brown offer a lot on the pitch, but Lee has been in good shape lately, performing well in the set piece and popping up on the pitch

Will Rowlands is set to be absent from the final service of the Gallagher Premiership, so this is a case where two of the three locks choose Wales for his partner Alun Wyn Jones

Maybe the added ballast and physical advantage that the 6ft 6in, 19th 7lb ball provides just sway it past worker Cory Hill and fit Seb Davies

It’s a warm-up for the Six Nations game against Scotland, so the selectors need to be strong and there is no stronger player than the captain

He will draw in Paris with Richie McCaw as the most capped test player in the world with 148

It’s a stab in the dark here, as there is no specific information on Josh Navidi there after his training concussion with Cardiff Blues

So it seems like it’s picking Ross Moriarty and Aaron Wainwright

But it’s an away game against France and maybe the often unrecognized Moriarty’s added courage only pushes the call in his direction

James Davies will start at some point in the Fall Nations Cup, but for now Pivac will want to give his front row players pre-game training against Scotland, and Tipuric is a perfect fit as that head line

Bath may have been beaten by Exeter in the Gallagher Premiership playoff semi-final last Saturday, but Faletau was one of the best players on his squad – clean in defense and moving forward with the ball in hand

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World News – GB – Most likely Wales squad to face France this weekend


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