France vs Wales Live Stream: France vs Wales in the first quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Wales came top of Pool D after beating Georgia, Australia and Uruguay. France came second in Pool C after their match against England was cancelled, despite beating Argentina, Tonga, and USA.
Dan Biggar starts at fly-half ahead of Rhys Patchell while Josh Navidi starts at No 8 instead of Ross Moriarty.Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis are the starting front row forwards once again, and Alun Wyn Jones captains the side from the second row.
At the team announcement on Friday, Gatland said: “Not just as coaches but as players, this is what you do all the hard work for. As a coaching group, we’ve had a lot of success in big matches when it’s really mattered and counted.
“Whether that’s Grand Slam games, Lions tours, European or Premiership finals with Wasps. We’ve got a good formula of getting things right. It’s not just physical, it’s about being mentally right.
Gatland also commented that his side were yet to deliver a complete performance at the tournament.“We’re very focused on wanting to go out there and stay in this tournament. There is a lot of confidence in this squad. We haven’t given an 80 minute performance here.
Warren Gatland is expected to have a fully-fit 31-man squad to choose from for this quarter-final, with Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies set to be fit to play after sitting out the win over Uruguay with a head and knee knock respectively.
George North is expected to have recovered from an ankle injury, while Hadleigh Parkes’ shoulder injury is not thought to be serious.
Gatland’s biggest dilemma will come on the back-row, where hard-hitting Ross Moriarty is likely to miss out as Aaron Wainwright, Josh Navidi and Justin Tipuric aim to pick up where they left off in Wales’ biggest match thus far, against Australia in the pool stages.
France coach Jacques Brunel will be sweating over the fitness of star duo Antoine Dupont and Damian Penaud, both of whom are reported injury doubts ahead of the match.
According to French media reports, Dupont has bee struggling with a back niggle, with Toulon-bound Baptiste Serin set to start if Dupont cannot recover.
Penaud’s injury is reportedly less serious, but the dangerous Alivereti Raka will be the man to step up if the Clermont youngster cannot recover from a stomach strain.
Wales and France have faced each other on 97 previous occasions, the first match taking place in 1908 and Wales just have the edge, winning 50 times.
Wales have won seven of the last 10 meetings, however, with their latest triumph coming in the form of that thrilling comeback at the Stade de France, during the 2019 Six Nations.
France are volatile and out for revenge – they will be dangerous and Wales will know that. Les Bleus have some superb individuals – on paper they look as good, if not better, than Wales.
Nonetheless, Wales’ spirit and gritty determination will be enough to get them through. They have won their only match against ‘Tier one’ opposition this tournament, where they upped their game impressively, and they will be readying themselves for another World Cup semi-final.