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Four changes to Wales side ahead of France clash

Wales has made four changes to its side to face France on Saturday with George North, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris and Scott Baldwin all coming into the starting 15.

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Wales team to face France:

Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, CAPT), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements:

Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Paul James (Bath), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

Wyn Jones: Wales 'growing' into Six Nations tournament

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Lock Alun-Wyn Jones believes Wales are "growing" into this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Jones and company will head to Paris later this week for an appointment with France, knowing that a fourth successive Six Nations win against Les Bleus would keep alive title aspirations.

Wales would still require other results to work in their favour, but they are undoubtedly on the recovery trail, bouncing back to beat Scotland following an opening game loss to Millennium Stadium visitors England earlier this month.

After the obvious disappointment of the first game, especially the second half, we have grown. We are growing into the tournament. We need to get out of the blocks and stay out there.

– Alun-Wyn Jones

Wales name the team to face France this morning.

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Scotland will appeal Finn Russell suspension

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Scotland will appeal against fly-half Finn Russell's suspension for the RBS 6 Nations match against Italy.

The 22-year-old was handed a three-week ban, reduced by a week for his clean record, following a collision with Wales counterpart Dan Biggar.

The Glasgow player avoided a lengthy ban as the Six Nations' disciplinary officers judged the incident during Sunday's 26-23 defeat to Wales to be "reckless rather than deliberate".

Russell collided with Biggar as his Wales counterpart leapt for a high ball into the Scotland half during the first period of Scotland's slender Murrayfield defeat. Ospreys playmaker Biggar landed in a heap, but avoided serious injury and was able to continue.

New Zealand referee Glen Jackson sin-binned Russell, but a Six Nations disciplinary committee ruled the offence warranted a red card following a hearing in London.

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Millennium Stadium is loudest of Six Nations grounds

The Millennium Stadium in Wales is the loudest of all the RBS 6 Nations venues, a study carried out by Press Association Sport has revealed.

Researchers tracked the decibel levels at the six fixtures so far in this year's competition.

The Millennium Stadium is the loudest of the Six Nations stadiums Credit: PA

The Millennium Stadium's average of 92.0decibels was comfortably the highest of the lot, while its top reading of 100decibels was beaten only by the roar at full-time of Ireland's win over France - when the delighted Aviva crowd in Dublin hit 101.0decibels.

Cardiff led the way in terms of average, followed by Dublin and Twickenham.

The Aviva and the Millennium stadiums were the only venues to break the 100dB mark at their loudest.

  • Millennium Stadium - Wales v England (92.0dB)
  • Aviva Stadium - Ireland v France (89.8dB)
  • Twickenham - England v Italy (88.4dB)
  • Murrayfield - Scotland v Wales (88.0dB)
  • Stadio Olimpico - Italy v Ireland (86.1dB)
  • Stade de France - France v Scotland (85.1dB)

Edwards hails battling Biggar

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Shaun Edwards has hailed Wales fly-half Dan Biggar's fearless approach following his performance in aerial combat against Scotland.

Wales' display with the high ball was one of their finest in recent seasons, and a key factor behind a 26-23 Murrayfield victory that revived RBS 6 Nations title hopes.

On one occasion, Biggar hit the ground shoulder-first after a collision with Scotland number 10 Finn Russell, a challenge which resulted in the Scotsman being yellow-carded - and subsequently cited - for a dangerous tackle.

Biggar's appetite did not waiver, though, and he continued to boss the air as Wales reeled off an eighth successive win at Scotland's expense.

The best part of our game was Dan Biggar, Jamie Roberts and Leigh Halfpenny being fearless leaping in the air.

Dan Biggar has got such guts. It's a massive part of the modern game.

Jamie is a very big man and has an advantage, but 'Biggs' is fearless and he reminds me of Steve Hampson, who used to play for Wigan years ago.

He wasn't a massive man, but he used to leap in the air just like 'Biggs'

– Sean Edwards, Wales Assistant Coach

Six Nations: Warburton admits Scotland game was 'tough'

Wales Captain Sam Warburton admits that they had a 'tough' game against Scotland on Sunday.

Wales picked up their first Six Nations points of the year with the 26-23 win at Murrayfield. Tries from Rhys Webb and Jonathan Davies helped secure the victory for the away side.

Speaking after the game, Sam Warburton said the Scottish side 'impressed' him.

Gatland hails 'unpredictable nature' of Six Nations

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Wales boss Warren Gatland has praised the RBS 6 Nations Championship's unpredictable nature.

Gatland looked on as his team revived their title hopes with a tense 26-23 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

It followed an opening round home loss to England, and means they remain in the race for silverware behind unbeaten title favourites England and Ireland.

What makes this championship so exciting is the ability for any team to beat each other. There is a little bit of a gap with Italy, but the others are all capable on their day. As a sports lover, you don't want predictability. People come out to watch these games because it's exciting and can go either way.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach
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