What time is Wales vs France tonight? Kick-off time, TV channel and livestream for the Six Nations 2022 match



Wales will meet “the strong team in the world” when they meet France in Six Nations Friday nighthas their coach said.

The hope of Wayne Pivac’s side to defend the title was actually ended in a defeat to England in their last match.

However, Les Bleus is still on course for Six Nations silverware and a first Grand Slam since 2010 that went into the match with a three-point lead over Ireland.

The Wales head coach said: “Both sides want to play an entertaining rugby brand and I think you have the side at the moment which is probably the strongest team in the world in France.

“We’ve definitely had a couple of great fights against them lately, so I think it’s going to be a cracker.”

The last five countries Six Nations meetings have given an overall victory margin of only 14 points.

What time is Wales vs France tonight?

Wales vs France kicks off at 20:00 on Friday 11 March, where Italy will host Scotland and England against Ireland on Saturday afternoon.

Tonight’s match will be held at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, where France have only won once in the last 12 years.

The stadium may lack 10,000 to reach its capacity of 74,500, with Pivac saying: “There are a few seats left. It would be nice to see those seats filled up.”

How can I watch Wales vs France on TV?

Tonight’s showdown appears live on BBC Onewith Gabby Logan hosting the live coverage from 7.30pm with people like Martin Johnson and Sam Warburton.

You will also be able to watch the match live online via BBC iPlayer, which has a dedicated Six Nations side you can access here.

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What are the teams for Wales vs France?

Pivac has never fielded an unchanged team during his 26-Test period, with this sequence continuing with a series of changes to France’s match.

Jonathan Davies, Gareth Thomas, Seb Davies and a once again fit Josh Navidi have all been called into the starting lineup.

The 23rd match day features 11 players involved as Wales suffered a Grand Slam defeat that ended 32-30 in Paris last season and was rejected by Brice Dulin’s attempted injury time.

For France, wing Damian Penaud and lock Romain Taofifenua have tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss tonight’s showdown.

Penaud is replaced in the starting line-up by Gabin Villiere, who has recovered from an injury while Taofifenua was on the bench against Scotland in the last round of matches.

Wales

Starting lineup: L Williams; A Cuthbert, O Watkin, J Davies, J Adams; D Biggar (capt), T Williams; G Thomas, R Elias, T Francis, W Rowlands, A Beard, S Davies, J Navidi, T Faletau.

Substitutions: D Lake, W Jones, D Lewis, R Moriarty, J Morgan, K Hardy, G Anscombe, L Rees-Zammit.

France

Starting lineup: M Jaminet; Y Moefana, G Fickou, J Danty, G Villiere; R Ntamack, A Dupont (capt); C Baille, J Marchand, U Atonio, C Woki, P Willemse, F Cros, A Jelonch, G Alldritt.

Substitutions: P Mauvaka, JB Gros, M Haouas, T Flament, D Cretin, M Lucu, T Ramos, M Lebel.

Why is Tomas Francis playing for Wales?

Pivac said Wales had “gone the extra mile” by involving an independent concussion specialist around detailed assessment of prop Tomas Francis.

Television footage showed Francis staggering after a head-on collision with teammate Owen Watkin.

He was subsequently removed from the field for a head injury assessment, which he passed before returning and playing until the 56th minute.

Brain injury fighter and former Wales flanks Alix Popham told I that it was “shocking” that the prop could participate in the showdown.

The ex-international, has been diagnosed with early onset dementiasaid: “” I just can not understand that he [Francis] player.

“They follow the protocols, but the protocols are not suitable for the purpose. It has to be called out and what is going on is shocking.

“I watched the match live, at home on TV, and I noticed that Tom fell out of the contact area and walked on the floor.

“So, on repetitions, you see him kneel and stumble and use the posts to stand up for a few seconds. He obviously had a concussion. “

Pivac said: “I just want to point out that we have a very, very experienced medical team that we think is world class.

“The follow-up protocols they review, their return-to-play protocols are pretty clearly set by World Rugby. They have been followed.

“At every step of the process, both players have come through well. As a result, we have gone the extra mile in terms of Tomas Francis and got an independent concussion specialist involved.”

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