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Last Updated: Friday February 27 2009 14:01 GMT

Wales ready for Friday night test

Wales train in Paris

The Six Nations kicks off again this weekend, and for the first time ever, it starts on a Friday night.

Champions Wales travel to France for what is sure to be one of their toughest tests, as they bid to win a second successive Grand Slam.

And should Wales earn victory in Paris they'll equal the tournament record of nine wins in a row.

Top winger Shane Williams is back in the Wales team for the match, and celeb centre Gavin Henson is on the bench.

Those are the only changes to the Wales squad since their last match.

It's a different story for France, who are taking some big risks in their team selection.

Mathieu Bastareaud
Mathieu Bastareaud will make his debut for France
Benoit Baby, who normally plays in the centre, will start at fly-half and Mathieu Bastareaud will make his debut at outside centre.

Not fun for fans

Rugby experts expect Bastareaud to make a big impact as he is already getting a reputation for the way he runs through tackles, and at 1.88m tall and weighing 110kg, he takes some stopping.

Playing a match on a Friday hasn't proven entirely popular with fans, as they like to spend the whole day getting ready for the game.

And many of them had to take an extra day off work to make sure they're in Paris ready for the kick-off at 8pm (9pm French time).