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Wales announce team to face France

The Principality Stadium.

WARREN Gatland has made seven changes to the team facing France in the Super Saturday finale of the Six Nations.

After watching from the stands as Wales defeated Italy 38-14 last weekend, Alun Wyn Jones returns as captain in front of a sell-out crowd at the Principality Stadium.

Ospreys star Dan Biggar is also back at fly-half, replacing Gareth Anscombe at number 10.

Leigh Halfpenny remains at full-back after coming on to replace the sin-binned Liam Williams in the Italy match.

Despite being criticised by Gatland over his yellow card, Williams retains his place in the starting XV, moving out to the left wing.

There is no place in the starting line-up for late bloomer Aaron Shingler. The Scarlets flanker has shone his tournament, getting man of the match against Scotland, but remains on the bench.

Instead try scorer from last weekend Justin Tipuric teams up with Blues star Josh Navidi at the back of the pack, alongside captain from last week Taulupe Faletau at number eight.

A bonus point win on Saturday would mean that Wales secure their second place position behind title winners.

Wales v France kicks off at 5pm Saturday March 17.

Wales: Halfpenny; North, S Williams, Parkes, L Williams; Biggar, G Davies; R Evans, Owens, Francis, Hill, A W Jones (capt), Tipuric, Faletau, Navidi.

Replacements: Dee, Smith, Lee, B Davies, Shingler, A Davies, Anscombe, S Evans.

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