Wales look for 6 Nations upset

Wales were looking to upset the form book in their RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with France tonight.

Wales are looking to upset the form book in their RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with France tonight.

Gareth Jenkins' under-pressure side have lost both games so far in the tournament, while the on-song French are defending a 100% record following away successes against Italy and Ireland.

But, having won three times in their four visits to the Stade de France, the Welsh will retain some hope of getting off the mark in this season's tournament.

Jenkins makes seven changes to the side that were so disappointing in their 21-9 defeat to Scotland a fortnight ago.

The entire front row will be replaced, while inspirational winger Shane Williams made his return to the starting XV.

France, tournament favourites following their hard-fought 20-17 win against Ireland last time out, make five alterations, all in the pack.

Two of the newcomers - number eight Elvis Vermeulen and prop Nicolas Mas - are making their first starts in this season's championship, in front of an expectant 80,000 fans in Paris.

France: Poitrenaud, Clerc, Marty, Jauzion, Dominici, Skrela, Mignoni, Milloud, Ibanez, Mas, Nallet, Thion, Betsen, Bonnaire, Vermeulen.

Replacements: August, Marconnet, Lamboley, Harinordoquy, Yachvili, Beauxis, Rougerie.

Wales: Byrne, S. Williams, Shanklin, Hook, M. Jones, S. Jones, Peel, Jenkins, Rees, Horsman, Gough, A. Jones, Popham, M. Williams, R. Jones.

Replacements: R. Thomas, D. Jones, Cockbain, J. Thomas, Phillips, Sweeney, Robinson.

Referee: Tony Spreadbury (Bristol).

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