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Wales v. France: Three key battles


The Stade de France, where the action will be played out from 3pm tomorrow.


With both teams below their best, Wales will have to win the individual battles tomorrow or face Six Nations misery in the Stade de France.

Warburton v. Dusautoir

CAPTAIN v. captain, flanker v. flanker, warrior v. warrior. Warburton and Dusautoir match up in every aspect on the pitch. Strong, ferocious leaders, both will be key to their sides chances tomorrow. They may not clash directly as much as George North and Yoann Huget, but they are key figures in the backrow and their leadership will determine which side comes out on top.

Who wins? Warburton

Webb v. Parra

RHYS Webb versus Morgan Parra looks set to be the most crucial matchup on the pitch tomorrow. Both sides have a strong set of backs but they will be completely ineffective without good ball from their respective scrum-halfs. Webb is largely underrated in the Welsh side but has worked hard to become a mainstay and more pressure will be on Parra.

Who wins? Webb

North v. Huget

ALL the critics will be ready to slate George North if he puts a foot wrong against Yoann Huget tomorrow. The pressure will all be on the Welshman as he returns to the side after a poor showing against England. Huget is a wiley winger who scored two tries against England in the Six Nations last year and will know exactly how to stifle the energetic North. But on his day North has the explosive power to shred any other winger in world rugby and if the right North shows up, it could be a long day for Huget.

Who wins? North