2019 Rugby World Cup – Wales vs France Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wales vs France taking place? Sunday 20th October, 2019 – 08:15 (UK)

Where is Wales vs France taking place? Oita Bank Dome, Oita

What is the expected weather for Wales vs France? Clear, 24c

What television channel is Wales vs France on? This match will be televised live on ITV and this schedule should tell you which channel it is on

Where can I stream Wales vs France? This match can be streamed via the ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for Wales vs France? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

What was the score in the last meeting between Wales and France? France 19-24 Wales

THE TEAM NEWS

WALES

  • Wales were again unconvincing but did what was needed as they saw off Uruguay to progress to the quarter-finals with four wins from four and they will be confident they have too much for a French side that they have beaten in their two most recent meetings.
  • The Welsh are expected to have a fully-fit squad to choose from for this game after Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar missed the Uruguay game and the rest of the side did not appear to suffer any knocks in the win over Uruguay.
  • Wales are likely to revert to the same line-up that defeated Australia during the pool stages but if they do veer away from that starting XV, the changes will be minimal with head coach Warren Gatland seemingly fully aware of what his strongest side looks like.

FRANCE

  • France could be left to rue the weather as their shootout against England to see who topped Pool C was unable to go ahead which prevented them of the chance of building some form and momentum ahead of the knockout stages.
  • The French have been underwhelming throughout the tournament and are still yet to decide on their strongest halves pairing and that is likely to be one of several key decisions that they need to make ahead of this game.
  • If France are to cause Wales problems, they will have to get early ball to destructive centre Gael Fickou but he will need to up his game after failing to build on his showing in his side’s opening game against Argentina.

THE PREDICTION

Neither Wales nor France have particularly impressed at this RWC so far but the Welsh at least have their win over Australia to work with. They look to have the most improvement in them for this quarter-final clash and they should have too much against a disappointing French outfit. France have looked disjointed so far, perhaps thanks to their chopping and changing of their halfback pairing but they will have little time to adapt in this game and if they find themselves behind early on, they do not appear to have the talent or temperament to respond.

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