Wales vs France live: How to watch the 2022 Six Nations match online and on TV

Round four of the 2022 Six Nations begins in Cardiff as Wales host the French Championship favorites at the Principality Stadium.

France will be hoping to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive ahead of a final encounter with England in Paris.

Fabien Galthie’s side were exceptional at times against Scotland ahead of the fallow week, while Wales are hoping to bounce back from a narrow loss to England.

There was plenty to cheer on Wayne Pivac in the way his side rallied at Twickenham, but France will provide a significant challenge under the Friday night lights.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game:

When is Wales vs France?

The game kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Friday March 11 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

How can I watch it?

It will be shown live on BBC One with coverage starting at 7.30pm. It will also be available to stream live and for free on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

Team News

Wales have been boosted by Josh Navidi’s return to fitness during the fallow week, and the explosive and versatile fullback has entered straight into the starting squad. He’s opposite Seb Davies, the lock-cum-flanker given the number six shirt as Wayne Pivac again looks at a different combination and balance in his back row.

Gareth Thomas is set for just a second start in international rugby as Wyn Jones is demoted to a bench role, while Jonathan Davies adds plenty of experience and defensive steel in midfield with Nick Tompkins unavailable after a concussion. Josh Adams and Tomas Francis were cleared to play after their own head shots, however.

France suffered a late Covid disruption on their side, with winger Damian Penaud and second line Romain Taofifenua ruled out after testing positive. With Gabin Villière fit to return to the side, Yoram Moefana changes wing to fill the spot vacated by Penaud, while Taofifenua’s absence on Matchday 23 sees Fabien Galthie return to a conventional 5-3 bench split , with the young Toulouse outfielder Matthis Lebel called up. Mohamed Haouas is set to make his first appearance in the tournament with a tight back available after receiving a suspended prison sentence for his role in several Montpellier burglaries.

Galthie had a real injury scare on Tuesday when irrepressible captain and scrum-half Antoine Dupont took a blow to his bicep, but his withdrawal from training was described as a precaution. Gael Fickou battled the flu but was named to the starting squad.

Alignments

Wales XV (1-15): Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis; Will Rowlands, Adam Beard; Seb Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau; Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar; Josh Adams, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Alex Cuthbert, Liam Williams.

Reserves: Dewi Lake, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Ross Moriarty, Jac Morgan, Kieran Hardy, Gareth Anscombe, Louis Rees-Zammit.

XV of France (1-15): Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio; Cameron Woki, Paul Willemse; Francois Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt; Antoine Dupont (c), Romain Ntamack; Gabin Villière, Jonathan Danty, Gael Fickou, Yoram Moefana; Melvin Jaminet.

Substitutes: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Mohamed Haouas, Thibaud Flament, Dylan Cretin; Maxime Lucu, Thomas Ramos, Matthis Lebel.

odds

Wales win: 39/10

Draw: 33/1

Victory France: 3/11

Prediction

It’s starting to look more and more like the year this brilliant young French side announce themselves with a Six Nations crown. The Principality’s stadium will switch for the first Six Nations game on Friday night in Cardiff since 2019 and a victory for Wales should not be ruled out at all, but France have both the ability and the mentality to keep their Grand Slam march on track. Wales 19-27 France

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