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Jonathan Davies out of France match

By Ian Cameron
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Centre Jonathan Davies is a late removal from the Wales team for their quarter-final encounter with France.

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Davies has been removed from the match day 23 due to an aggravation of the knee injury he sustained in the game against Fiji. Owen Watkin starts at 13 with Leigh Halfpenny coming onto the bench.

Five changes from the Welsh side that beat France in the Six Nations this February, with Wyn Jones coming in for Rob Evans, Jake Ball coming in for Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright enters the back row for Ross Moriarty. At half-back Tomos Williams is replaced by Gareth Davies while Dan Biggar comes in for the injured Gareth Anscombe.

Alun Wyn Jones will play his 141st test match for Wales and the British & Irish Lions, equalling Brian O’Driscoll’s record for a player from the original Five Nations. Richie McCaw (NZL, 148) and Sergio Parisse (ITA, 142) are the only players who have played more test matches.

Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Hadleigh Parkes keep their places in the starting line-up from the team that beat Uruguay 35-13 on Sunday.

WALES TEAM

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1. Wyn Jones
2. Ken Owens
3. Tom Francis
4. Jake Ball
5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt.)
6. Aaron Wainwright
7. Justin Tipuric
8. Josh Navidi
9. Gareth Davies
10. Dan Biggar
11. Josh Adams
12. Hadleigh Parkes
13. Owen Watkin
14. George North
15. Liam Williams

16. Elliot Dee
17. Rhys Carre
18. Dillon Lewis
19. Adam Beard
20. Ross Moriarty
21. Tomos Williams
22. Rhys Patchell
23. Leigh Halfpenny

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