Last-gasp Ross Moriarty try gives Wales one-point victory over dazzling France to advance to World Cup semi-finals


Warren Gatland has had to juggle things slightly due to the late drop-out of centre Jonathan Davies, with Owen Watkin taking the 13 jersey and Leigh Halfpenny slotting onto the bench. Otherwise, it’s as you were for Wales, will Aaron Wainwright preferred to Ross Moriarty at flanker, and Jake Ball picked to partner the inspirational Alun Wyn Jones at lock.

Wales: L Williams; North, Watkin, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; Wyn Jones, Owens, Francis, Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Wainwright, Navidi, Tipuric. Replacements: E Dee, Carre, D Lewis, Beard, Moriarty, T Williams, Patchell, Halfpenny.

France coach Jacques Brunel has picked a similar side to the one that started against Argentina, when France put in their best 40 minutes of rugby of 2019. The only change from that side sees Bernard Le Roux coming in for Arthur Iturria at lock, with the Clermont man dropping out of the matchday squad entirely. There is no room for the lethal Alivereti Raka, either, which you sense Josh Adams will be very pleased to see. Guilhem Guirado continues with the captaincy following a mid-tournament wobble, with Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont, France’s young, explosive talents, continuing at half-back.


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.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

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