Six Nations 2019: Tomos Williams at scrum-half for Wales against France

Tomos Williams has scored two tries in six Wales appearances, collectively with this one towards Tonga in November, 2018
Six Nations: France v Wales
Venue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Friday, 1 February Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
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Scrum-half of Tomos Williams will plan his Six Nations debut for Wales towards France in Paris on Friday evening.

In spite of ruin issues there are most inspiring three changes from the personnel that defeated South Africa in November 2018.

Head coach Warren Gatland has opted for Cardiff Blues’ Williams at first XV ahead of Scarlets rival Gareth Davies, who is on the bench.

Scarlets prop Rob Evans and Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi change the injured Nicky Smith and Ellis Jenkins.

Ken Owens turns into Wales’ most capped hooker on his 61st appearance.

Smith has been combating an ankle instruct, while Jenkins suffered a main knee ruin towards South Africa which dominated the Cardiff Blues skipper out for no now not as a lot as the remainder of the season.

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Deciding on Dragons amount eight Ross Moriarty shall be a well being ******. The British and Irish Lions support-rower has now not performed since 15 December attributable to concussion issues.

Nonetheless Wales are confident in Moriarty’s ability to play Test rugby despite no competitive action for seven weeks.

A support-row with Moriarty, the returning Navidi and Justin Tipuric is basically the most experienced trio on hand with Aaron Wainwright amongst the replacements.

Gatland acknowledged Williams had earned his likelihood, but admitted doubts over Gareth Davies’ well being furthermore influenced his option.

“He’s match for a delivery, that’s potentially the very best thing about him,” acknowledged the New Zealander.

“Gareth didn’t educate all week so the choice was once made on well being as phenomenal because the relaxation.

“Or now not it is a huge opportunity for him (Williams) for his first Six Nations sport. He’s now not the very best man on this planet but he is competitive.

“We feel he is a participant with a future, he has things to work on – he knows that, from a defensive level of glimpse – but he is bought some enticing small touches and slightly of x-part about him moreover.”

Williams makes his match debut alongside regional half of-support partner Gareth Anscombe, with cruise-half of Dan Biggar all over again being decreased to a replacements feature.

Saracens full-support Liam Williams (damaged finger), Worcester cruise Josh Adams (hamstring) and lock Adam Beard (concussion) have shrugged off well being issues to desire their spots at first facet.

After the game in Paris, Wales pass on to Nice where 31 players will accept as they prepare to face Italy in Rome on Saturday, 9 February.

France have named 19-year-historical centre Romain Ntamack ahead of experienced Mathieu Bastareaud at centre.

Wales: Liam Williams (Saracens); George North (Ospreys), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Worcester); Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, captain), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Dragons).

Replacements: Elliot Dee (Dragons), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Cory Hill (Dragons), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Northampton), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).

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