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Monday, 12 March, 2001, 15:04 GMT
Wales team to face France
Wales' players trudge off after the 28-28 draw
Wales will want to forget the disappointment of Scotland
Wales' Six Nations campaign gets back on the road after the foot-and-mouth postponment of the Ireland game with Graham Henry's side aiming to repeat their 1999 34-33 triumph in the French capital.

15.Rhys Williams(Cardiff)
Rhys Williams Born: Cardiff 23.02.80
Height: 5' 10""
Weight: 12st 8
Caps: 5
Rhys Williams makes a surprise return to the Wales side after lingering doubts over his confidence and defensive abilities this season. He replaced the injured Stephen Jones against Scotland, but was then dropped to the Wales  A  team for the postponed match with Ireland. His pace will certainly add some urgency to an otherwise relatively slow back line, but France will be keen to test him with a few early bombs.
14. Gareth Thomas (Cardiff)
Gareth Thomas Born: Bridgend 25.07.74
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 16st 4
Caps: 48
Thomas won a recall for the Ireland match after being dropped to the Wales "A" bench for the trip to Scotland, but thensaw that game called off. Many observers would prefer to see Thomas play centre rather than wing as he has for the past few weeks at Cardiff. "Alfie" won 23 caps at Bridgend before moving to Cardiff in 1997 and has amassed 21 tries in his 47 internationals. Bridgend are thought to have re-signed Thomas for next season. He became the sixth Welsh player to score four tries in an international after the win over Japan at the 1995 World Cup.
13. Mark Taylor (Swansea)
Mark Taylor Born: Blaenavon 27.02.73
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 13st 10
Caps: 28
Taylor won his first cap against South Africa in 1994, becoming the first Pontypool three-quarter to do so for 32 years. Joined Swansea in 1995-96 and scored the first ever try at the Millennium Stadium - against South Africa in the 29-19 win in 1999. Is approaching his best again after a lengthy spell out with a knee injury and scored Wales' only try against Scotland.
12. Scott Gibbs (Swansea)
Scott Gibbs Born: Bridgend 23.01.71
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 15st 8
Caps: 51
Gibbs has been one of the few bright points in a disappointing campaign so far for Wales. Gibbs is one of the most feared impact players in the game and has toured twice with the Lions - to New Zealand in 1993 and South Africa in 1997. He was voted Man of the Series for the latter tour. He rejoined Swansea from St Helens in July 1996 for 200,000.
Scored the last ever Five Nations try to beat England at Wembley in 1999.
11. Dafydd James (Llanelli)
Dafydd James Born: Mufulira, Zambia 24.07.75
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 14st 5
Caps: 31
The tall Llanelli centre will win his 32nd cap against France. James has been in great form at club level this season, but with the Scarlets out of the running for honours, rumours are already circulating that he will leave Stradey Park. Cardiff and Bridgend are both believed to have tabled big offers for his services. James moved from Bridgend to Pontypridd in 1997 and joined the Scarlets two years later. Many believe centre to be his best position, but he has scored eight Test tries from 30 caps on the wing.
10. Neil Jenkins (Cardiff)
Neil Jenkins Born: Church Village 08.07.71
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 14st
Caps: 82
Not only does Neil Roger Jenkins hold more Welsh caps (82) than any other player, he has scored more Test points than any other player in the world. He passed the 1000 mark in Test rugby against England and Wales were indebted to his kicking in the draw with Scotland. Joined Cardiff from Pontypridd in July 1999 and was outstanding in the Heineken Cup. His chances of making the Lions starting XV this summer have dwindled though, with the sensational form of England's Jonny Wilkinson.
9. Robert Howley (Cardiff)
Robert Howley Born: Bridgend 13.10.70
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 13st 3
Caps: 48
Robert Howley has hit top form this season after a quiet time by his own high standards in the past few years. He has been pushed hard by Huw Harries this season and will be aware of the threat of Bath youngster Gareth Cooper who is named on the bench. Toured with the Lions to South Africa in 1997 and was cruelly denied a Test place after dislocating his shoulder.
1. Darren Morris (Swansea)
Darren Morris Born: Aberdare 24.09.74
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 18st 7
Caps: 10
Morris' form for Swansea in the Heineken Cup renewed Graham Henry's interest in the former Neath player. Morris is a strong scrummager, but also features prominently in the loose. He won his first two caps at Neath before joining the All Whites in July 1998. Started at tight-head against South Africa in the autumn, but is a specialist at loose.
2. Robin McBryde (Llanelli)
Robin Mcbryde Born: Porthaethwy 03.07.70
Height: 6'
Weight: 15st 7
Caps: 6
McBryde retains the number two jersey after impressing in his first two Six Nations starts against England and Scotland. Wales will be keen to improve their line out work after a poor display at Murrayfield and much will depend on Jenkins and his two locks Moore and Gough. Jenkins toured Zimbabwe and Namibia with Wales in 1993, but was not capped. The Llanelli hooker won Wales' Strongest Man competition in 1992.
3. Dai Young - captain (Cardiff)
Dai Young Born: Aberdare 27.06.67
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 18st 7
Caps: 46
Young has returned from a serious calf and then hand injury this season to lead Wales in this season's Six Nations, but has struggled with a niggling shoulder injury since. He toured with the Lions to Australia in 1989 and South Africa in 1997 and also won 13 rugby league caps for Wales.
4. Ian Gough (Newport)
Ian Gough Born: Pontypool 10.11.76
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 17st 4
Caps: 12
Gough has had two tough encounters against opponents in the Six Nations so far this season. He learned a lot from England lock Martin Johnson and then faced arguably the world's best line out pairing of Richard Metcalfe and Scott Murray of Scotland at Murrayfield. He won his first cap against South Africa in 1998, but did not become a regular in the Welsh side until he was picked against Scotland in last year's Six Nations. Rejoined Newport in May 2000 after a season at Pontypridd.
5. Andy Moore (Swansea)
Andy Moore Born: Grantham25.01.74
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 17st 10
Caps: 13
Andy Moore won his 12th cap coming on as a substitute against England in Wales' opening Six Nations match against England and impressed enough to oust Chris Wyatt for the game against Scotland. Following in the family tradition, as elder brother Steve was also capped, the Swansea lock could have had a career in football as he represented Wales U18s as a goalkeeper. Missed most of the 1995-96 season with injury.
6. Colin Charvis (Swansea)
Colin Charvis Born: Sutton Coldfield 27.12.72
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 16st 10
Caps: 35
BBC Sport Online's Wales columnist has become one of Welsh rugby's key players and a hot tip for the Lions tour this summer. He has called on the public not to panic following Wales' indifferent start to this season's campaign and has attacked media hype. Always one of Wales' most consistent players regardless of how others around him play.
8. Scott Quinnell (Llanelli)
Scott Quinnell Born: Llanelli 20.08.72
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 18st 9
Caps: 41
Scott Quinnell emerged with credit from Wales' below par performances against England and Scotland. But too often, he lacks support from colleagues on his surging runs forward. Quinnell won his first Wales cap against Canada in 1993. Scored a sensational try against France a year later, which precipitated a 400,000 move to Wigan rugby league club. He joined Richmond in 1996 and returned to Stradey Park in 1998.
7. Martyn Williams (Cardiff)
Martyn Williams Born: Pontypridd 01.09.75
Height: 6'
Weight: 15st 8
Caps: 16
Williams has been one of the surprise packages in the Welsh side this season. A shock inclusion for the game against England he performed well cleaning up loose ball and continued where he left off against Scotland. Like Neil Jenkins, Williams is a former Pontypridd player and joined the Blue and Blacks in June 1999.

Replacements: C Anthony (Swansea), A Lewis (Cardiff), C Quinnell (Cardiff), G Lewis (Swansea), G Cooper (Bath), A Bateman (Northampton), S Jones (Llanelli).

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