Warren Gatland makes six Wales Six Nations changes for trip to Paris vs France; Dan Biggar, Alun Wyn Jones, George North return | Rugby Union News


Last Updated: 16/03/23 11:46am

George North comes in as one of six Wales changes to face France away in the Six Nations

Warren Gatland has once again made several Wales changes, with six alterations to the side to face France in Paris for their final Six Nations clash. 

Experienced trio Dan Biggar, George North and Alun Wyn Jones are recalled to fly-half, outside-centre and second-row respectively, while Saracens centre Nick Tompkins, Dragons flanker Aaron Wainwright and Gloucester back Louis Rees-Zammit all also brought in – the latter at full-back.

Biggar replaces Owen Williams, who drops to the bench, while youthful centre pairing Mason Grady and Joe Hawkins are axed from the squad altogether for North and Tompkins.

Dafydd Jenkins moves to the bench as lock Jones heads straight to the starting XV once again, while Wainwright replaces Jac Morgan and Rees-Zammit is in for Liam Williams. Neither Morgan nor Williams make the 23-player squad either.

Taulupe Faletau will earn his 100th Test cap for Wales at No 8, while Leigh Halfpenny is recalled to sit among the replacements.

Wales: 15 Louis Rees-Zammit, 14 Josh Adams, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Rio Dyer, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens (c), 3 Tomas Francis, 4 Adam Beard, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16 Bradley Roberts, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Dafydd Jenkins, 20 Tommy Reffell, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Leigh Halfpenny.

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