Six Nations 2013: Justin Tipuric in for Wales' injured Sam Warburton
SIX NATIONS: FRANCE V WALES
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Date: Saturday, 9 February
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC One HD, Red Button and online; listen on BBC Radio Wales, BBC 5 live & online and BBC Radio Cymru; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; watch again on BBC iPlayer; highlights on Sunday's Scrum V & BBC Two 2315 on Sun
Justin Tipuric will take over from injured skipper Sam Warburton as Wales open-side flanker against France in Saturday's Six Nations match in Paris.
Ryan Jones returns from a thumb injury at blind-side to captain Wales for a record 30th time with Warburton (shoulder) out of the match-day squad.
Hooker Richard Hibbard replaces Matthew Rees in a third change to the side that
lost to Ireland
Gethin Jenkins retains the loose-head prop role with Paul James on the bench.
Aaron Shingler, who started at blind-side against the Irish before being forced off injured early in the second half, drops to the replacements.
Wales' back division is unchanged despite criticism of their misfiring performance against Ireland.
Rob Howley tells a media conference why Sam Warburton will miss out on Wales' Six Nations match with France on Saturday
Interim Wales coach Rob Howley said: "It's disappointing to have Sam ruled out, but Ryan comes in as captain with a wealth of experience."
Howley said he would have selected Warburton, who suffered a "stinger" (nerve damage) to his shoulder against Ireland which proved to be worse than it first appeared, in the starting 15 had he been fit.
"With the nature of bumps, sometimes they don't show up till 24-48 hours post-game. He [Warburton] hasn't trained at the beginning of the week and Ryan didn't train on Tuesday either with a bit of sickness and diarrhoea but thankfully he's rocked up this morning and we're looking forward to what is a huge challenge," added the former scrum-half, who
enjoyed two notable wins in Paris
during his own playing career.
Ospreys back-rower Jones, 31, will win his 71st cap at the Stade de France.
Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Blues), George North (Scarlets); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Bayonne); Gethin Jenkins (Toulon), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys) Adam Jones (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Toby Faletau (Dragons).
Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath), Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs), Lou Reed (Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Lloyd Williams (Blues), James Hook (Perpignan), Scott Williams (Scarlets).
Scott Andrews (Blues), Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Paul James (Bath), Gethin Jenkins (Toulon), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Lou Reed (Blues), Ian Evans (Ospreys), James King (Ospreys), Andrew Coombs (Newport-Gwent Dragons), Olly Kohn (Harlequins), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Josh Navidi (Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Blues), Toby Faletau (Dragons), Andries Pretorius (Blues)
Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Bayonne), Lloyd Williams (Blues), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Blues), George North (Scarlets), Eli Walker (Ospreys), Leigh Halfpenny (Blues), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Lee Byrne (Clermont).
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