Wales v France: Teams
Williams, Horsman and Robinson back for Wales
By Tony Curtis. Last Updated: 25/08/07 6:33pm
Williams: On the wing
Shane Williams has been given the chance to play his way back into the Wales side for the World Cup after being named on the wing to face France on Sunday.
Williams sat out the warm-up games against England and Argentina as he continued his rehabilitation from elbow surgery.
However, he is one of just three changes for Wales' last match ahead of the World Cup, with Jamie Robinson and Chris Horsman also named in the starting XV.
Dafydd James makes way for Williams, while injuries to Tom Shanklin and Adam Jones have opened the door for Robinson and Horsman.
And coach Gareth Jenkins believes only making minor changes to his line-up will help Wales during the tournament.
He said: "We have a lot of work still to do and we must concentrate on developing our style of play. But we are very much looking for a repeat result from last weekend coupled with an improved performance.
"We are at the sharp end of the coaching process and have maintained a consistency of selection in order to allow this side to develop its style.
"That is not to say that there is no room for players to break into this side, but it will be easier to add different players once the team has developed the collective understanding we are looking for.
"Shane Williams has a chance to remind us what he has to offer after reaching full fitness and, although Dafydd James is perhaps unlucky to miss out on this occasion, we are all looking forward to seeing what Shane can produce.
"A couple of bumps and bruises mean that Jamie Robinson and Chris Horsman have come into the equation and get another chance to stake their claims in their respective positions. We are just looking at short term injuries with Tom and Adam."
David Skrela will partner Yannick Jauzion in the centre as the French shuffle their back line.
Skrela, a fly-half, will move into the middle for the first time with Stade Francais colleague Lionel Beauxis given a chance at number 10.
The versatile Cedric Heymans has been selected at full-back with regular number 15 Clement Poitrenaud rested for this weekend.
Biarritz flanker Serge Betsen will captain the team in the absence of regular skipper Raphael Ibanez, while Sale No 8 Sebastien Chabal starts at lock.
Lionel Nallet will be alongside Chabal in the second row if he shrugs off a back injury. If the Castres player is not declared fit, Jerome Thion will stand in.
Wales: 15-K Morgan (Newport Gwent Dragons); 14-M Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), 13-J Robinson (Cardiff Blues), 12-G Thomas (Cardiff Blues, capt), 11-S Williams (Ospreys); 10-J Hook (Ospreys), 9-D Peel (Llanelli Scarlets); 1-D Jones (Ospreys); 2-M Rees (Llanelli Scarlets), 3-C Horsman (Worcester), 4-I Gough (Ospreys), 5-AW Jones (Ospreys), 6-J Thomas (Ospreys), 7-M Williams (Cardiff Blues), 8-A Popham (Llanelli Scarlets).
Replacements: 16-TR Thomas (Cardiff Blues), 17-G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), 18-W James (Gloucester), 19-C Charvis (Newport Gwent Dragons), 20-M Phillips (Ospreys), 21-C Sweeney (Newport Gwent Dragons), 22-S Parker (Ospreys).
France 15-C Heymans (Toulouse); 14-A Rougerie (Clermont), 13-Y Jauzion (Toulouse), 12-D Skrela (Stade Francais), 11-V Clerc (Toulouse); 10-L Beauxis (Stade Francais), 9-P Mignoni (Clermont); 1-N Mas (Perpignan), 2-D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), 3-P de Villiers (Stade Francais), 4-S Chabal (Sale), 5-L Nallet (Castres) or J Thion (Biarritz), 6-S Betsen (Biarritz, capt); 7-I Harinordoquy (Biarritz), 8-R Martin (Stade Francais).
Replacements: 16-S Bruno (Sale), 17-J-B Poux (Toulouse), 18-J Thion (Biarritz) or F Pelous (Toulouse), 19-T Dusautoir (Toulouse), 20-J-B Elissalde (Toulouse), 21-D Traille (Biarritz), 22-C Dominici (Stade Francais)