Antoine Dupont fit to start for France against Wales
Captain Guilhem Guirado returns to side with Gael Fickou also back in midfieler
Antoine Dupont starts for France against Wales. Photograph: Gabriel bouys/AFP/Getty
Dupont, who Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes is one of the world’s best number nines, had been troubled by a back problem.
But he will take his place alongside halfback partner Romain Ntamack in Oita.
Full-back Maxime Medard is the only survivor from the France team that beat Wales 9-8 in the 2011 World Cup semi-finals.
France: M Medard; D Penaud, V Vakatawa, G Fickou, Y Huget; R Ntamack, A Dupont; J Poirot, G Guirado (capt), R Slimani, B Le Roux, S Vahaamahina, W Lauret, C Ollivon, G Alldritt. Replacements: C Chat, C Baille, E Setiano, P Gabrillagues, L Picamoles, B Serin, C Lopez, V Rattez.