France vs Wales, Six Nations 2017: What time is Saturday's match in Paris, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Rhys Webb of Wales thanks the fans at full time. Wales v Ireland - Copyright (c) 2017 Rex Features. No use without permission.
Rhys Webb of Wales thanks the fans at full time. Wales v Ireland - Copyright (c) 2017 Rex Features. No use without permission.

When and where is the game?

Wales face a trip to Paris and the game is on Saturday, as are the other two Six Nations clashes. 

What time is kick-off?

The game gets under way at the Stade de France at 2.45pm. 

What TV channel is it on? 

BBC One and BBC One HD or you can also listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. Or of course, you can follow Telegraph Sport's live blog right here for updates, analysis and reaction. 

What is the team news? 

France make one change from the XV that won handsomely in Rome as Sebastien Vahaamahina returns from injury to replaced Julien le Devedec at second row. 

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

Replacements: Chat, Atonio, Ben Arous, Le Devedec, Chouly, Dupont, Trinh-Duc, Huget.

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Wales have named an unchanged team for the third 

Wales XV: Halfpenny; North, Davies, S Williams, L Williams; Biggar, Webb; Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, Wyn Jones, Warburton, Tipuric, Moriarty.

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

Three key stats

1. A Wales victory be the first time they have won three straight away games in France for 50 years.

2. A Wales win could also be enough to secure the runners-up spot for the second successive year. 

3. France and Wales have met 88 times and the aggregate points stand at 1,262 to 1,229 in France's favour. 

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What are they saying?

Guy Noves: 

"We have a pair [at half-back] that has been working together on the long run. It is interesting, even if Francois Trinh-Duc has come back from an injury.

"We saw that Wales were able to prevent Ireland from playing their game with a huge defensive pressure. For sure, they are ready."

Rob Howley: 

"I was delighted for the players about Friday's result and performance, and they deserve the opportunity to build on that in our final RBS 6 Nations encounter.

"The experience we showed and the intensity we brought to the match was hugely important, and that will be just as important as we face a good France team at home.

"We put pressure on ourselves and turned that pressure into a result.

<span>Wales coach Rob Howley</span> <span>Credit: PA </span>
Wales coach Rob Howley Credit: PA

"For us, there are areas of the game we want to work on from Ireland, and we have an opportunity to do that on Saturday and finish the campaign with another quality performance.

"The players who took to the field at the 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."

What are the odds?

  • France 8/13

  • Wales 7/4

  • Draw 28/1

What's our prediction?

We're going for France to edge a close contest in Paris by a single score. 

Verdict: France 21 Wales 17

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