Wales face off with France for a place in the semis

2019-10-20 at 12:04

Wales will look to continue their strong recent record over France when they face off for a place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Warren Gatland’s side have won seven of their past eight meetings with Les Bleus including a stunning 24-19 victory in Paris in the first game of this year’s Six Nations Grand Slam-winning campaign, having trailed by 16 points at half-time.

In 2015, Wales hobbled into the World Cup quarter-finals, their squad ravaged by injury.

This time, they’re at full strength, with three key cogs in their backline all passed fit.

Dan Biggar has successfully followed return-to-play protocols to start at fly-half while Jonathan Davies and George North have both shaken off knocks to start.

It is the same side that started Wales’ opening two World Cup matches against Georgia and Australia, underlining Warren Gatland’s consistency of selection.

Consistency is an area where France are severely lacking but they also received good news on the injury front, with Antoine Dupont named at scrum-half after recovering from a back problem and Damian Penaud continuing on the wing.