Team for France

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Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:37 am

WALES TEAM TO PLAY FRANCE ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 20:

1. Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (19 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets) (70 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (46 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (Scarlets) (39 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (131 Caps) (CAPT)
6. Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (16 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (69 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (22 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (48 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (76 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (18 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (22 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (79 Caps)
14. George North (Ospreys) (89 Caps)
15. Liam Williams (Saracens) (61 Caps)

Replacements:

16. Elliot Dee (Dragons) (26 Caps)
17. Rhys Carre (Saracens) (3 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (19 Caps)
19. Adam Beard (Ospreys) (17 Caps)
20. Ross Moriarty (Dragons) (38 Caps)
21. Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps)
22. Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
23. Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (19 Caps)


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Re: Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:38 am

There is nothing untoward or unexpected in the team.

I think Rhys carre is the right call as loose head bench cover.

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Re: Team for France

Postby bruce » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:42 am

I think I may have opted for Cubby as back row bench cover but apart from that happy. I worry about our scrum.

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Re: Team for France

Postby tigran » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:01 am

The fact Biggar has had two commotions doesn' t ask any question ?

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Re: Team for France

Postby Digby » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:23 am

tigran wrote:The fact Biggar has had two commotions doesn' t ask any question ?


I was wondering about that, bar the politeness of referring to them as commotions, and whether Rob Howley has had a cheeky bet on Bigger going 3 from 3

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Re: Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:28 am

France: Medard; Penaud, Vakatawa, Fickou, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Slimani, Le Roux, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Ollivon, Alldritt.

Replacements: Chat, Baille, Setiano, Gabrillagues, Picamoles, Serin, Lopez, Rattez.

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Re: Team for France

Postby normanski » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:36 am

Great game in prospect. Two well matched teams but battle hardened Wales to come through.

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Re: Team for France

Postby francoisfou » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:55 am

normanski wrote:Great game in prospect. Two well matched teams but battle hardened Wales to come through.

Indeed! Two contrasting teams, and I’d agree with the «battle-hardened » adjective. For the French, the word « unpredictable » has been used so often that I’m loth to use it, but it’s true! Without doubt, the flair is there in the backs with the likes of Dupont, Penaud, Huget and Médard, but the Welsh have the better pack, in my opinion. A close match awaits. France by a gnat’s cock!

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Re: Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:32 am

On any careful sober analysis I think Wales would be judged to be most likely to win.

However, for once a stereotype is accurate. France are a team of talented players who, on the right day, could beat any other team, even including the All Blacks. But for the French the "right day" does not come all that often. So I am left feeling that if one team was leading by twenty points after twenty minutes, it would be more likely be France; but overall we are more likely to win.

Two major factors in Wales' favour are fitness in the last quarter and the ability to often (but not always) keep cool heads in the face of adversity. If there was to be a French storm I would rather it came earlier in the match.

I am glad the French have got a strong team and are without injuries to key players. It has the potential to ge a very good game. I hope it is not decided by a red card.

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Re: Team for France

Postby Son of Mathonwy » Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:19 pm

Unless France put in an exceptional performance I think Wales will win this. Wales by 8 points.

I'm a little concerned for Bigger. I don't think it will impact the match but his future health might be at risk. No doubt they've done this by the book though.

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Re: Team for France

Postby tigran » Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:47 pm

Yeah no red card please, it would freezer our players and free yours...

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Re: Team for France

Postby cashead » Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:22 am

Son of Mathonwy wrote:Unless France put in an exceptional performance I think Wales will win this. Wales by 8 points.

I'm a little concerned for Bigger. I don't think it will impact the match but his future health might be at risk. No doubt they've done this by the book though.

Wales will probably win with a bigger margin. It's a cliché to say "you never know which French team will turn up," and they've really upped the ante on that this tournament, often suddenly going to shit about 20, 30 minutes into the game.

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Re: Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:58 pm

Well I guess we are all settled and have nothing to say before the game.

No team selection controversies or injury worries, we are just all relaxed (!) and waiting for the game.

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Re: Team for France

Postby Sandydragon » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:04 pm

Graigwen wrote:Well I guess we are all settled and have nothing to say before the game.

No team selection controversies or injury worries, we are just all relaxed (!) and waiting for the game.

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It’s odd not having something to be concerned about. I hope we don’t fall flat tomorrow, but we have rarely been in such a position with such a strong and settled team..

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Re: Team for France

Postby tigran » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:13 pm

cashead wrote:
Son of Mathonwy wrote:Unless France put in an exceptional performance I think Wales will win this. Wales by 8 points.

I'm a little concerned for Bigger. I don't think it will impact the match but his future health might be at risk. No doubt they've done this by the book though.

Wales will probably win with a bigger margin. It's a cliché to say "you never know which French team will turn up," and they've really upped the ante on that this tournament, often suddenly going to shit about 20, 30 minutes into the game.


Very good insight and prediction, I hope you have placed a huge bet on it

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Re: Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:24 am

Just checking......all quiet on the Welsh front....


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Re: Team for France

Postby Hooky » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:37 am

Ffs. JD2 not fit. Watkin in.

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Re: Team for France

Postby Lizard » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:40 am

Good morning, everybody!

Are we sitting comfortably?

So far the quarterfinals have been a parade for the favourites, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the impending thrashing of the garlic-munchers.
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Re: Team for France

Postby Sandydragon » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:46 am

Hooky wrote:Ffs. JD2 not fit. Watkin in.

Something had to go wrong. Let’s hope this is all.

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Re: Team for France

Postby Hooky » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:50 am

Sandydragon wrote:
Hooky wrote:Ffs. JD2 not fit. Watkin in.

Something had to go wrong. Let’s hope this is all.


True. Pretty big though. Once of our three world class players

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Re: Team for France

Postby Graigwen » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:01 am

Halfpenny onto the bench.

Watkin is good, tho' relatively inexperienced.

Compared to the last World Cup it is not too bad.


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Re: Team for France

Postby francoisfou » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:07 am

It’s a shame about JD2, but his replacement must undoubtedly be more than competent. Contrary to the post of our antipodean friend above, I remain quietly optimistic!

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Re: Team for France

Postby Which Tyler » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:12 am

Is this the match thread? If so, my apologies to the locals, France have alway been my second team, not to mention my wife's country..

Shit, France look positively chilled in the changing room there.
Wales look pumped

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Re: Team for France

Postby Which Tyler » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:17 am

Which Tyler wrote:Is this the match thread? If so, my apologies to the locals, France have alway been my second team, not to mention my wife's country..

Shit, France look positively chilled in the changing room there.
Wales look pumped

And barely an ounce of emotion during the anthems...

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Re: Team for France

Postby bruce » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:26 am

Well looks like we'll be back home shortly.


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