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Welsh line-up that beat Australia named for France quarter-final

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Centre Jonathan Davies and fly-half Dan Biggar have been named in the Wales starting line-up for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

Davies has recovered from a knee injury suffered against Fiji nine days ago, while fly-half Biggar has successfully followed return to play protocols after a head injury.

Wing George North has shaken off an ankle knock to also start, with Warren Gatland naming the same team that accounted for Pool D rivals Australia last month.

Wales are targeting a World Cup semi-final appearance for a second time in the last three tournaments.

Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi form the back-row unit, with Ross Moriarty on the bench, where Adam Beard provides lock cover instead of Aaron Shingler.

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In a press conference following the team announcement, head coach Warren Gatland played down concerns over Dan Biggar after he was taken off the field during the Fiji game following a clash with Liam Williams.

“We feel that we’ve gone through that due diligence in making sure that we’ve covered all bases in terms of Dan", he said.

"He's been fit for three or four days - and we're taking all the proper precautions... but he's very confident he's 100%."

Dan Biggar has successfully followed return to play protocols after a head injury. Credit: PA Images

Wales have beaten Six Nations rivals France seven times in their past eight meetings.

Saracens prop Rhys Carre also features among the replacements, being preferred to Ospreys loose-head Nicky Smith.

Gatland's consistency of selection is underlined by it being the same team selected for Wales' opening two World Cup group games.

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