October 18, 2019 / 3:18 AM / a month ago

Rugby-Wales welcome back Davies, Biggar, North for France clash

    OITA, Japan, Oct 18 (Reuters) - 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. 
    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 number eight 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. 
    Team: 15-Liam Williams, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies,
12-Hadleigh Parkes, 11-Josh Adams, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Gareth
Davies, 8-Josh Navidi, 7-Justin Tipuric, 6- Aaron Wainwright,
5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Jake Ball, 3-Tomas Francis, 2-Ken Owens,
1-Wyn Jones
    Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Rhys Carre, 18-Dillon Lewis,
19-Aaron Shingler, 20-Ross Moriarty, 21-Tomos Williams, 22-Rhys
Patchell, 23-Owen Watkin

 (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
  
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