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Wales v France: Teams

At Millennium Stadium, Saturday March 17, kick-off 2.45pm

Last Updated: 17/03/12 6:01am

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Wales host France in Cardiff on Saturday looking to win the Grand Slam and avenge their narrow World Cup semi-final defeat.

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Captain Sam Warburton has been declared fit for the clash after he missed the win over Italy with a knee injury he aggravated against England.

The Cardiff Blues flanker - who was sent off when the countries last met in Wales' 9-8 World Cup semi-final defeat five months ago - will replace flanker Justin Tipuric as the only change to the starting line-up.

Wales are aiming to hand Warren Gatland a second RBS Six Nations title and Grand Slam of his four-year reign and the head coach has been keeping his squad focused this week, despite the magnitude of the clash.

He said: "In camp, all we can and must do is make preparations as normal.

"The magnitude of the game is not lost on us, but it is irrelevant to how we prepare.

"We have our captain back, and although Justin Tipuric is unlucky after playing well in his place last week, Sam's presence is a welcome boost to everyone.

"We are obviously aware of what this game means to the fans. 60,000 of them came to the Millennium Stadium during the Rugby World Cup to watch us face France in the semi-final on the television screens, and that tells you everything about how dedicated they are.

"But this weekend we play in front of a sell-out 74,500 crowd with a chance to make history in Cardiff, and they will be there to watch us in the flesh.

"They can make a real and positive contribution to the atmosphere and, like us, will be thinking of nothing other than the here and now."

France changes

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made five changes to his line-up, with Florian Fritz, Alexis Palisson and Dimitri Yachvili coming into the back division, while David Attoub and William Servat have been added to the pack.

The inclusion of Fritz in the centres means Wesley Fofana moves to the wing in place of the injured Vincent Clerc, while Palisson replaces the axed Julien Malzieu.

Julian Dupuy has also been dropped completely, with Yachvili returning to the No.9 jersey and Morgan Parra providing cover on the bench.

Attoub and Servat will team up in the front row, with Dimitri Szarzewski dropping to the bench and Nicolas Mas omitted from the squad.

With Lionel Nallet retiring, Julien Pierre comes on to the bench - with full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin poised to make his debut.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Matthew Rees, 3 Adam Jones, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 5 Ian Evans, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton (capt), 8 Toby Faletau.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Luke Charteris, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Lloyd Williams, 21 James Hook, 22 Scott Williams

France: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 David Attoub, 2 William Servat, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Franois Trinh-Duc, 22 Jean-Marcellin Buttin.

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