Virimi Vakatawa missed the round two win over Italy due to injury but he is now fit and returns to a rejigged French midfield.
Arthur Vincent, who started against the Italians in place of Vakatawa, switches from 13 to 12, a decision that had resulted in Gael Fickou being shifted to the left wing to replace Vincent Rattez who will miss the remainder of the tournament through injury.
The rest of the XV is along familiar lines as new coach Fabien Galthie has kept faith with the players that recorded successive February wins over England and Italy.
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There are changes, though, on the bench. Camille Chat is back in the mix, Jefferson Poirot has lost his place to uncapped Jean-Baptiste Gros, while uncapped Dylan Cretin and Thomas Ramos are also included.
FRANCE (vs Wales, Saturday)
15. Bouthier; 14. Thomas, 13. Vakatawa, 12. Vincent, 11. Fickou; 10. Ntamack, 9. Dupont; 8. Alldritt, 7. Ollivon (capt), 6. Cros; 5. Willemse, 4. Le Roux; 3. Haouas, 2. Marchand, 1. Baille. Reps: 16. Chat, 17. Gros, 18. Bamba, 19. Taofifenua, 20. Cretin, 21. Serin, 22. Jalibert, 23. Ramos.
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