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Last update: 10/22/20 12:32 PM

Alun Wyn Jones will set the record for test appearances when he leads Wales against France on Saturday

Alun Wyn Jones will set the world record in the friendly when he captains Wales against France on Saturday in Paris.

The 35-year-old Lock is playing his 148th game for Wales as well as the British and Irish Lions and corresponds to the brand of the New Zealand World Cup winner Richie McCaw.

In Wales' first game in seven months, center Jonathan Davies returns, who has not played test rugby since his knee injury during the World Cup last year, while head coach Wayne Pivac takes the uncovered Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit and the Ospreys hooker named Sam Parry among the substitutes.

Wales will play their late Guinness Six Nations game against Scotland next week and Pivac will use the game at the Stade de France as a thorough preparation for this encounter.

The squad is full of experience, including a 96th cap for wing George North, while Rhys Webb, the scrum half, clears Gareth Davies for a first start in Wales in nearly three years and Dan Biggar wears the No. 10 jersey .

In the pack, the hooker Ryan Elias takes over the victim of a shoulder injury, Ken Owens. Cory Hill is Jones' partner in the second row and Aaron Wainwright starts together with his colleagues from the back row, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau, on the blindside flanker.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Rhys Carre, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Cory Hill, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Justin Tipuric, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16 Sam Parry, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Seb Davies, 20 James Davies, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Louis Rees-Zammit.


Steven Gregory