Howley keeps Faletau waiting to start

Posted March 17, 2017

Wales have announced their team for their final Six Nations match of 2017 against France, and interim coach Rob Howley has chose to remain with the 23 man squad who dispatched Ireland 22-9 last weekend.

A 40-18 trouncing of Italy in Week 4 was the latest indicator that things are progressing well under Guy Noves' command at the Stade de France.

They are also chasing runners-up spot in the Six Nations behind England, with Wales heading to the Stade de France following their biggest win against Ireland since 1983.

It is the third consecutive game for which Wales have named an unchanged side. "If we are to win in Paris we will have to produce our best 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".

"If that means we end up in the top four, then all's good, but the measure of our Six Nations, if we finish on a high then perhaps we will be ruing the opportunities that we missed with the last quarter of an hour against England and second-half against Scotland".

He said: "When you see the intensity, the rigour, the pragmatism, the lucidity and the accuracy in all their movements, their defensive physicality. you saw the Irish, who are one of the best teams in the world, fell apart and couldn't put in place their game". Reserves: Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Eddy Ben Arous, Julien Le Devedec, Damien Chouly, Antoine Dupont, Francois Trinh-Duc, Yoann Huget.

Substitutes: Baldwin, Smith, Lee, Charteris, Faletau, G Davies, S Davies, Roberts.

France: Dulin; Nakaitaci, Lamerat, Fickou, Vakatawa; Lopez, Serin; Picamoles, Gourdon, Sanconnie, Maestri, Vahaamahina, Slimani, Guirado (capt), Baille.

Robin McBryde has urged Wales to back up the quality of their RBS 6 Nations display against Ireland with another strong performance in Paris on Saturday.