Wales draft in Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies for France game, as Dan Biggar is declared fit

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Wales draft in Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies for crucial Six Nations clash against France as Dan Biggar is declared fit after head injury

  • Ross Moriarty will replace Aaron Wainwright at blindside flanker on Saturday 
  • Gareth Davies will come in for scrum-half Tomos Williams against France
  • Otherwise the starting XV who lost to Ireland have all been retained  

Wales have brought in Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies for their next Six Nations match against France as Wayne Pivac made two changes for the Cardiff Test.

Moriarty comes in at blindside flanker for Aaron Wainwright, who drops to the bench, and scrum-half Davies replaces Tomos Williams.

Otherwise the starting XV who lost to Ireland in Dublin last time out are retained, with George North and Nick Tompkins in, Josh Adams and Dan Biggar declared fit after hip and head knocks.

Gareth Davies is coming in for Tomos Williams at scrum-half for Wales against France

Gareth Davies is coming in for Tomos Williams at scrum-half for Wales against France

Ross Moriarty (pictured) will replace Aaron Wainwright at blindside flanker for the clash

Ross Moriarty (pictured) will replace Aaron Wainwright at blindside flanker for the clash

Biggar has completed all his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months and the WRU sought advice from a concussion expert before selecting him for this game.

Wales’ bench is altered slightly, with uncapped lock Will Rowlands and prop Rob Evans on it instead of Adam Beard and Rhys Carré.

On Davies’ return head coach Wayne Pivac said: ‘Gareth was unavailable round one and came off the bench last time out so he is full of energy and we are looking forward to him bringing his game on Saturday.’

Dan Biggar has completed all his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months

Dan Biggar has completed all his return-to-play tests after a third head injury in six months

And the New Zealander explained his other alterations.

‘Ross has impressed off the bench so far and brought a lot of energy and communication as well so he deserves an opportunity to start,’ Pivac added.

‘We have changed around the second-rows on the bench, we are looking at creating competition there and Will has trained well and we are looking forward to seeing him out on that stage.

Wales coach Wayne Pivac said he is looking forward to an 'electric' atmosphere on Saturday

Wales coach Wayne Pivac said he is looking forward to an ‘electric’ atmosphere on Saturday

‘We want to build on what we have done so far and are looking to be more accurate with what we do and improve on that aspect.

‘Saturday is going to be a packed Principality Stadium, we know the atmosphere will be electric and it is set for a big day in Cardiff.’

Wales have not lost to France at home since 2010, but Les Bleus are unbeaten in the tournament so far having beaten England and Italy in Paris.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY FRANCE (Saturday February 22 KO 16.45 BBC & S4C) 

15. Leigh Halfpenny (87 Caps)

14. George North (93 Caps)

13. Nick Tompkins (2 Caps)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (27 Caps)

11. Josh Adams (23 Caps)

10. Dan Biggar (81 Caps)

9. Gareth Davies (52 Caps)

1. Wyn Jones (24 Caps)

2. Ken Owens (75 Caps)

3. Dillon Lewis (24 Caps)

4. Jake Ball (44 Caps)

5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (136 Caps)

6. Ross Moriarty (43 Caps)

7. Justin Tipuric (74 Caps)

8. Taulupe Faletau (74 Caps)

Replacements:

16. Ryan Elias (11 Caps)

17. Rob Evans (37 Caps)

18. Leon Brown (8 Caps)

19. Will Rowlands (*Uncapped)

20. Aaron Wainwright (20 Caps)

21. Tomos Williams (18 Caps)

22. Jarrod Evans (5 Caps)

23. Johnny McNicholl (2 Caps)

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