Full-strength Wales side named for France clash

Date published: October 18 2019

Wales have named the same starting XV that beat Australia in their Pool D clash for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

Warren Gatland’s men finished top of their pool with four wins from four and have returned to Oita for this weekend’s mouth-watering game.

Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis once again comprise the front-row.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones, who packs down alongside Jake Ball in the second-row, will move third on the all-time international appearance list on Sunday, level with Brian O’Driscoll on 141 Tests (132 for Wales plus nine British & Irish Lions appearances).

Aaron Wainwright, who has featured in every game for Wales at Japan 2019, lines up at six alongside Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi.

Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar are named at half-back with Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies partnering in midfield.

The tournament’s joint-top try-scorer Josh Adams lines up in the back three alongside George North and Liam Williams.

On the bench Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre and Dillon Lewis provide the front-row cover with Adam Beard and Ross Moriarty completing the forward contingent. Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell and Owen Watkin provide the backline cover.

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin

Date: Sunday, October 20
Venue: Oita Stadium
Kick-off: 16:15 local (08:15 BST, 07:15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)