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Three of France's heaviest hitters set to return for Wales

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Three of France’s most potent attacking threats are set to return for their side’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Wales.


Virimi Vakatawa, Damian Penaud and Camille Chat are all set to return after they were named in the 28-man squad to face Wales in Cardiff on February 22.

Fijian-born powerhouse Vakatawa has been in sensational form all season for the Parisian club, but missed France’s win over Italy due to injury. Penaud also featured in the opening game against England but missed out last weekend due to a calf injury.

He will come back in for Vincent Rattez, who broke his leg in the latter stages of the Italy game.

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Meanwhile, Camille Chat will also make his long-awaited return to Les Bleus.

Alongside Ireland, France have won their opening two rounds.

Meanwhile Welsh back Owen Williams – who sustained a hamstring injury in the warm-up ahead of Wales’ fixture against Ireland at the weekend – has been ruled out of the remainder of Wales’ Guinness Six Nations Campaign after a further assessment has concluded that the injury was more significant than first thought.

Elsewhere they have had good news as Josh Adams Adams – who was replaced during the Ireland vs Wales match after a knock to the hip – will be back in full training this week.


France squad:

Forwards: Cyril Baille, Demba Bamba, Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Jefferson Poirot, Bernard Le Roux, Boris Palu, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse, Gregory Alldritt, Dylan Cretin, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon (captain), Cameron Woki.

Backs: Antoine Dupont, Baptiste Serin, Matthieu Jalibert, Romain Ntamack, Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gabriel Ngandebe, Damian Penaud, Teddy Thomas, Anthony Bouthier, Thomas Ramos.

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