Wednesday 17 January 2018

Championship chasing Wales have their team to face France in Six Nations

Wales' Luke Charteris
Wales' Luke Charteris

Lock Luke Charteris will miss Wales' RBS 6 Nations clash against France in Cardiff on Friday because of a knee injury. Charteris is replaced in the starting XV by Wasps forward Bradley Davies.

Two other changes from the side that beat Scotland 10 days ago see call-ups for Cardiff Blues wing Alex Cuthbert and Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate, with Wales skipper Sam Warburton switching to openside flanker after two successive starts at blindside. Justin Tipuric drops out of the back-row.

Liam Williams (Scarlets); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Clermont Auvergne), J Roberts (Harlequins), G North (Northampton); D Biggar (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), B Davies (Wasps), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), T Francis (Exeter), J Ball (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), R Priestland (Bath), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues).

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