Meanwhile, France are still in with a chance of winning the competition despite a shock defeat to Scotland. And this Autumn International should provide a great opportunity for Fabien Galthie and Wayne Pivac to examine their options ahead of a big Halloween Six Nations climax.
The Six Nations is back! Not that it ever really left, due to the global disruption brought by Covid-19 to – least of all affected things – the rugby calendar.
The tournament kicks off again on 24 October, only running for two weekends before, a month later, the Autumn Nations Cup kicks off as a one-off exhibition tournament. Then in the spring, next year’s installment of the Six Nations rolls around again, slated to start on 6 February. If you thought you missed international rugby it’s about to bombard you for a good six months.
If you’re in need of a refresher in the state of the table, and when the fixtures are scheduled, we don’t blame you at all. Here is everything you need to know about the final four games.
What time is France v Wales kick-off?
France v Wales kicks off at 8.10pm UK time on Saturday, October 24, in Paris. It is 9.10pm local time, and the match had previously been due to kick off on the hour.
What TV channel is France v Wales on?
France v Wales is being shown live on ITV4 and S4C.
What about live streaming?
Fans will be able to live stream the match via the ITV Hub or via the BBC iPlayer.
What’s the team news?
Pivac has selected a new looking front-row: Ryan Elias takes over from the injured Ken Owens at hooker, and Rhys Carre and the recalled Samson Lee are the two props. Lee, on 41 caps, will make his first appearance for Wales in more than a year.
Taulupe Faletau starts at No. 8, and Aaron Wainwright gets the nod on the blindside flank with Josh Navidi going through concussion protocols.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal Richie McCaw’s record when he takes the field, for international appearances with his 148th cap in total for Wales and the Lions.
Lions star Jonathan Davies returns having recovered from his World Cup knee injury almost a year ago, and he links up with Nick Tompkins at centre.
George North starts on the right wing , having been sidelined through suspension since mid-August for a red card tackle. Josh Adams is on the other wing, with Leigh Halfpenny at full-back.
Rhys Webb has been selected for scrum-half over Gareth Davies, and Dan Biggar retains the No.10 jersey.
On the bench, there is room for uncapped Gloucester top machine Louis Rees-Zammit, who will come on to make his debut in Paris.
There’s also a place among the replacement for Ospreys hooker Sam Parry.
As for France, they have named a powerful side, with just the one change in personnel from the team which beat Wales 27-23 at the Principality Stadium in February.
That sees Montpellier’s Vincent Rattez coming in on the wing, with Gael Fickou moving into the centre and Arthur Vincent going on to the bench.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Sam Parry, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, James Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Patchell, Louis Rees-Zammit.