France v Wales: Alun Wyn Jones to equal Richie McCaw’s caps world document

France v Wales: Alun Wyn Jones to equal Richie McCaw’s caps world document

Alun Wyn Jones made his Wales debut in 2006
Alun Wyn Jones made his Wales debut in 2006
Venue: Stade de France Date: 24 October Kick-off: 20:10 BST
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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is ready to equal Richie McCaw’s world document of 148 caps when he faces France in Paris on Saturday.

It will likely be his 139th worldwide for Wales to go alongside 9 Checks for the British and Irish Lions over three excursions of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Gloucester teenage wing Louis Rees-Zammit is ready to win his first cap from the replacements bench.

The match will likely be behind closed doorways.

Ospreys hooker Sam Parry joins Rees-Zammit as the opposite uncapped participant on Wales’ bench.

Captain Jones was meant to have drawn degree with McCaw’s document in opposition to Scotland on the Principality Stadium in March, earlier than the match was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a fabulous achievement,” stated Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“He epitomises what an ideal rugby participant is all about. He’s a real skilled on and off the sector and a gentleman of the sport.

“On the sector he leads by instance and you may’t ask extra of your captain and we’re very privileged right here in Wales to have him.”

The 35-year-old will likely be partnered by Cardiff Blues lock Cory Hill, who makes his first worldwide begin for the reason that Six Nations win over England in February 2019.

Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias and Samson Lee kind a new-look Wales entrance row.

Louis Rees-Zammit and George North
Louis Rees-Zammit in Wales coaching with George North in the course of the 2020 Six Nations

Hooker Elias begins following a shoulder damage to Ken Owens, whereas tight-head Lee options in his first Check since August 2019 after not being chosen for the 2019 World Cup.

With flanker Josh Navidi lacking by concussion, Aaron Wainwright, Taulupe Faletau and Justin Tipuric make up the back-row.

Ross Moriarty was as a result of begin at blindside flanker however picked up an ankle damage in coaching and will likely be sidelined for just a few weeks.

Moriarty has been changed by Wainwright, whereas Cardiff Blues back-rower Shane Lewis-Hughes has been added to the squad.

Scrum-half Rhys Webb will make his first begin for Wales in nearly three years.

He made Six Nations alternative appearances in opposition to Italy and England earlier this yr and was as a result of begin within the Scotland sport.

Centre Jonathan Davies makes his first worldwide look in nearly a yr after recovering from a critical knee damage and can accomplice Nick Tompkins for the primary time.

With Liam Williams launched again to Scarlets, George North joins fellow wing Josh Adams and full-back Leigh Halfpenny within the again three.

That is regardless of North solely enjoying 14 minutes since Welsh rugby’s resumption in August after being despatched off for Ospreys in opposition to Dragons for a harmful sort out.

“The gamers are excited, it has been a very long time, we will not await Saturday,” added Pivac.

“We have now six matches this autumn and the sport in opposition to France helps us get again into our stride worldwide rugby-wise.

“We have now picked an skilled aspect and are up in opposition to a great French workforce so we need to begin this autumn effectively and get on the entrance foot for the Six Nations fixture in opposition to Scotland.

“We have now talked already about how lucky we’re to be going about our work every day.

“Lots of people cannot do this and inside our organisation there are lots of people not again at work. This is a chance to place some smiles on faces and make the nation proud.”

In all, the Wales workforce reveals seven modifications from the aspect initially chosen to face Scotland in March, with Adams, Jonathan Davies, Carre, Elias, Lee, Wainwright and Faletau the gamers to return in.

Wing Teddy Thomas is included within the French backline with Gael Fickou lining up within the centre.

France: Anthony Bouthier; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Alldritt

Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Vincent, Thomas Ramos.

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, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, James Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Patchell, Louis Rees-Zammit.

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