Wales looking to secure Grand Slam

Updated: March 16, 2012

Wales’ hopes of winning the Six Nations Grand Slam were given a boost on Thursday after inspirational captain Sam Warburton was declared fit for this weekend’s clash with France.

Marauding openside flanker Warburton comes into the side in place of Justin Tipuric in the only change from the team which defeated Italy last weekend.

Warburton’s return gives him the opportunity to make amends following his sending off against the French in the World Cup semifinal last year, which France won 9-8.

The French have made the decision to leave the roof open for Saturdays game something that has annoyed Warren Gatland somewhat as it suggests the French are going to play negative rugby.

WALES – Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues), George North (Scarlets); Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Michael Phillips (Bayonne/FRA); Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), Dan Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons); Ian Evans (Ospreys), Alun-Wyn Jones (Ospreys); Adam Jones (Ospreys), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)

Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), James Hook (Perpignan/FRA), Scott Williams (Scarlets)

France: 15 Clément Poitrenaud, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Julien Bonnaire, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 David Attoub, 2 William Servat, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 François Trinh-Duc, 22 Jean-Marcellin Buttin.