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Wales name unchanged side to face France for final 2017 Six Nations match

Wales interim head coach Rob Howley has named an unchanged team to take on France on the final weekend of the 2017 Six Nations.

Rob Howley has named an unchanged team to take on France this Saturday. Credit: PA

It's the third time in a row Howley has not made any changes to the team.

George North scored two tries as Wales triumphed 22-9 over Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Friday.

Wales are targeting a sixth successive victory against France, and a win will keep alive the possibility of finishing as Six Nations runners-up behind England.

A win in France would also secure a top four world ranking - if England also beat Ireland - ahead of May's 2019 World Cup pool draw.

Hooker Ken Owens, who made his international debut at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, will win his 50th cap.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball are in the second-row with Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty completing the forward pack.

Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar are named at half-back, with Scarlets duo Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies partnering in the midfield.

Liam Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny again comprise the back-three.

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The experience we showed and the intensity we brought to the match was hugely important and that will just as important as we face good France team at home. We put pressure on ourselves and turned that pressure into a result.

For us there are areas of the game we want to work on from Ireland and we have an opportunity to do that on Saturday and finish the campaign with another quality performance. The players who took to the field at Principality Stadium, deserve the opportunity to start and we were pleased with the impact from the bench so will be looking for the same this weekend.”

– Rob Howley. Wales Interim Head Coach

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