France host Wales in the final round of Six Nations matches, with Fabien Galthié’s side still hoping to retain the title thay won last year.
However, in order for France to become the first country since England in 2017 to retain the title, they must secure a try-bonus point win and hope Ireland lose without a bonus-point against Steve Borthwick’s side at the Aviva Stadium.
Elsewhere, Scotland host Italy in the first of the three matches on what is being dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.
When and where is France v Wales?
This second match of the weekend – to be played at the Stade de France in Paris – will kick-off at 2.45pm (GMT) on Saturday March 18.
The other games in the fifth and final round of matches of the Six Nations campaign are Scotland v Italy at 12.30pm, also on Saturday, and Ireland v England later in the day at at 5pm.
What TV channel is France v Wales on?
This is an ITV fixture. For UK TV viewers it will be live on ITV 1 or on ITVX, STV or STV Player. The coverage will begin at 1.55pm GMT. ITV’s Six Nations pundits for 2023 include Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Sir Clive Woodward, Maggie Alphonsi and Brian O’Driscoll. Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas is also on the books.
Who is the referee?
A former half-back who played for Queensland Reds and Racing Métro before joining Wasps, Australian Nic Berry made the seamless switch to refereeing following his retirement. Found himself at the centre of a controversy after Rassie Erasmus questioned his integrity in 2019, before later going on to officiate at that year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
- Referee: Nic Berry (RA)
- Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
- Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Ridley (RFU)
- TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)
Latest team news
France XV: Backs – Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Gaël Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Ethan Dumortier, Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont
Forwards – 1 Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Thibaud Flament, Romain Taofifenua, François Cros, Charles Ollivon, Grégory Alldritt
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Reda Wardi, Sipili Falatea, Bastien Chalureau, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana, Melvyn Jaminet
Wales XV: Backs – Louis Rees-Zammit, Josh Adams, George North, Nick Tompkins, Rio Dyer, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb,
Forwards – Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau
Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Dafydd Jenkins, Tommy Reffell, Tomos Williams, Owen Williams, Leigh Halfpenny
What happened in this fixture in 2022?
France took a huge step towards claiming the Grand Slam after producing a defensive masterclass in Cardiff, thanks largely to the work done by defence coach Shaun Edwards. Having previously been on the Wales payroll, Englishman Edwards returned to the Principality Stadium where his charges stymied wave after wave of Welsh running. Anthony Jelonch, in the end, made the difference finishing off a sensational team try that ultimately secured a 9-13 win.
The Six Nations 2023 table – as it stands
Best of the latest match odds
- France: 1/14
- Draw: 59/1
- Wales: 14/1
Odds correct as of March 14
What is our prediction
Warren Gatland has avoided the wooden spoon but now faces a very tricky finale. France looked fired-up at Twickenham and will want to back up that performance in their final competitive fixture before a home World Cup.
France 32 Wales 15