Rugby World Cup 2019: Jonathan Davies returns for quarter-final clash with France

Jonathan Davies.
Jonathan Davies. Photo credit: Image: Getty

Jonathan Davies, Dan Biggar and George North have returned to the Wales team for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France after recovering from injuries.

Warren Gatland on Friday named the key backline trio in a team that featured one change from the matchday squad that beat Australia 29-25 in their toughest match in the pool stage.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Jonathan Davies returns for quarter-final clash with France

Centre Davies sustained a knee injury in the following match against Fiji, while flyhalf Biggar took head knocks against the Wallabies and again when facing the Fijians.

Winger North also sat out Wales's final pool match against Uruguay because of a sore ankle but returned to full training this week and will face the French at Oita Stadium.

In the back row, Gatland has reverted to the combination of youngster Aaron Wainwright at blindside, the experienced Justin Tipuric at openside and Josh Navidi in the No.8 shirt with Ross Moriarty on the bench.

The one change from the Wallabies game comes on the bench, Rhys Carre coming in for Nicky Smith as reserve loosehead prop.

Wales: 1-Wyn Jones, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Tomas Francis, 4-Jake Ball, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 6-Aaron Wainwright, 7-Justin Tipuric, 8-Josh Navidi, 9-Gareth Davies, 10-Dan Biggar, 11-Josh Adams, 12-Hadleigh Parkes, 13-Jonathan Davies, 14-George North, 15-Liam Williams.   

Reserves: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Rhys Carre, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Aaron Shingler, 20-Ross Moriarty, 21-Tomos Williams, 22-Rhys Patchell, 23-Owen Watkin.

France: 1-Cyril Baille, 2-Camille Chat, 3-Emerick Setiano, 4-Bernard Le Roux, 5-Paul Gabrillagues, 6-Arthur Iturria, 7-Yacouba Camara, 8-Louis Picamoles, 9-Maxime Machenaus, 10-Camille Lopez, 11-Yoann Huget, 12-Gael Fickou, 13-Sofiane Guitoune, 14-Alivereti Raka, 15-Thomas Ramos

Replacements: 16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Jefferson Poirot, 18-Rabah Slimani, 19-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20-Gregory Alldritt, 21-Baptiste Serin, 22-Romain Ntamack, 23-Maxime Medard

Join us at 8:15pm Sunday for live updates of the Wales v France Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Reuters

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