Wales rugby team will likely be selected on Thursday to face France this weekend

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Anyone who wants to remember how difficult it can be to predict a selection from a Wales squad only needs to delay a return to 1993 after a dismal loss to Scotland. He finished 20-0 at Murrayfield at the time, with the visitors barely offering an argument.

Calls for change have come a long way.

Even the goat from the regiment who ran the pre-game routines at Cardiff Arms Park at the time would have been worried about keeping his job.

How many changes would there be?

Well, getting the Welsh pack to Edinburgh required six or seven new faces up front, didn’t it? Some wanted a completely fresh eight. The harshest critics wanted some of the attackers to be sent to Saint Helena.

But when the squad was announced for the game with Ireland, the only casualty was poor Wayne Proctor on the left wing.

So what is it going to be for Wayne Pivac this week?

Is he going strong for the warm-up against France this weekend, before the Six Nations meet with Scotland the following week? You think so, because the players need to be tuned. Or is he seriously starting to introduce fresh blood? It would be a bold call, especially after three straight losses.

WalesOnline rugby correspondent Mark Orders names the team he thinks Pivac is likely to field.

15. LEIGH HALFPENNY

Is Liam Williams ready to resume after playing just one game in a year?

Would he be considered full-back, anyway, or on the wing?

Questions, questions.

But Leigh Halfpenny has been rock solid for the Scarlets. If form matters, he will be on the run-on side at the Stade de France.

14. JOSH ADAMS

He tests as easily as the rest of us shell peas.

Now, that’s the way it appears.

Like all talented people, Adams goes to great lengths away from the lights.

Coaches love him because he never shies away from his responsibilities and can offer key moments.

In just two years, he made himself one of the first names on the team roster.

13. JONATHAN DAVIES

Davies is still shifting gears after his long absence from the game due to injury.

The Welsh team also includes three young centers, each with different skills and each capable of doing a job for Wayne Pivac.

But the experience and quality proven in the heat of the test battle continues to set Davies apart from the rest.

He’s seen it all and, as long as he’s deemed fit for the match, he should start in Paris.

12. NICK TOMPKINS

The campaign has been patchy for the Dragons, but Tompkins is a player’s buzzword and his class shone in the loss to Leinster.

Is he big enough and defensively strong enough to play center at Test level? Well, he’s a former flanker so he can tackle himself very well.

Does he have the kicking game to support his No.10? He has worked on this particular skill and is a good passer. He’s also extremely enthusiastic, good at breaking down and a player who never stops working.

Throw the jersey at him.

11. GEORGE NORD

North has only played 14 minutes of rugby in seven months, which isn’t ideal, but Liam Williams is in the mix having played even less rugby for a longer period of time.

Louis Rees-Zammit is waiting for his chance and Jonah Holmes has caught the Dragons’ attention.

From there, North is still looking for the man for the job.

He performed well for Wales against England last time at Test level and scored a nice try for the Ospreys before the indiscretion against the Dragons which led to a red card and a four week suspension.

France would be happy for Pivac to start without a North.

Which tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

10. ET BIGGAR

There will be a lobby to rush Callum Sheedy into the starting lineup – of course there will be.

But he reportedly did not train with Wales last week as he prepared for Bristol’s European Cup final against Toulon this weekend.

Biggar is the man in possession and if the coaches do their job they will know exactly how much he is worth for one side.

Just five months ago, Northampton Saints coach Chris Boyd was saying, “Dan’s world class. He’s as good as anyone I’ve ever trained, a tough cock.

“Whatever word you use, whether it’s courage, mental toughness, or resilience, guys like Dan don’t go away.

Stuff like that matters, especially for a side aiming to avoid a fourth straight loss.


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9. RHYS WEBB

Selectors could be forgiven for wondering where they stand with the No.9 Ospreys.

Outstanding against Edinburgh, he didn’t come close to top gear against Ulster – all in the span of a week.

Does he deserve the benefit of the doubt?

Yes he does.

He’s a quality artist and the rugby test is expected to make the most of him.

1. WYN JONES

There is a lot of freehead competition and not a lot between Jones and Nicky Smith.

Wayne Pivac has chosen Jones to face Scotland for the postponed game last March.

Nothing much has happened to the detriment of the accessory since.

It starts.

2. RYAN ELIAS

Here is an interesting one.

Ken Owens has been an absolute mainstay for Wales – a rock, a starter or whatever you want to call someone who can be counted on to stand on the defensive frontline and be the first to make a tackle and also be the first. to make a hard-yards bring the core of the opposition blanket.

No other Welsh whore has approached him in recent years.

But his injury leaves the ground open.

Elias then appears on the roster for the job, although much will depend on performance in training.

3. SAMSON LEE

No Tomas Francis because of club commitments, no WillGriff John for selection reasons.

So Wales have someone who can anchor a scrum?

Come on, Samson Lee.

Dillon Lewis and Leon Brown offer a lot on the pitch, but Lee has been in good shape lately, performing well in the set piece and popping up on the pitch.

He is the best mixer available at Pivac for this weekend and the opposition is France.

That should mean Llanelli’s strongman squat begins.

4. JAKE BALL

Will Rowlands is expected to be absent from the final Gallagher Premiership duty, so this is a case where two of the three locks choose Wales for his partner Alun Wyn Jones.

Maybe the extra ballast and physical advantage that the 6-foot-6, 19th 7-lb ball provides just sway it past worker Cory Hill and fit Seb Davies.

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5. ALUN WYN JONES

It’s a warm-up for the Six Nations game against Scotland, so the need is for the selectors to be strong and there is no stronger player available than the captain.

He will tie in Paris with Richie McCaw as the world’s most capped test player with 148.

What a player he continues to be.

6. ROSS MORIARTY

It’s a stab in the dark here, as there is no specific information on Josh Navidi following his training concussion with Cardiff Blues.

He has not played a rugby game since his exit against the Ospreys on August 30.

So it seems to be a case to take your pick from Ross Moriarty and Aaron Wainwright.

Both are going well for the Dragons.

But it’s an away game against France and maybe the often unrecognized Moriarty’s added courage only pushes the call in his direction.

7. JUSTIN TIPURIC

Even in the face of adversity, this guy shines.

He is a master craftsman who is always at the forefront.

James Davies will start at some point in the Fall Nations Cup, but for now Pivac will want to give his frontline players pre-game training against Scotland, and Tipuric is a perfect fit as a line of head.

8. CASH BANK

Bath may have been beaten by Exeter in the Gallagher Premiership playoff semi-final last Saturday, but Faletau was one of the best players on his side – clean in defense and going forward with the ball in hand.

Wales need him to be at their best.

Pivac will see his efforts against the Chiefs as auspicious.

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