Six Nations 2013: Leigh Halfpenny & Toby Faletau boost for Wales

Leigh Halfpenny

Wales are confident Toby Faletau and Leigh Halfpenny will be fit to start Saturday's Six Nations match against France in Paris.

Number eight Faletau and full-back Halfpenny have been wearing protective boots "as a precaution" this week.

But both took part in Friday's final training session before facing the French in Stade de France.

"Touch wood I think everyone is ready to go," said Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins.

"Everyone trained today [Friday]. Everyone's come through unscathed, as far as I know anyway. No late dramas.

"It's a big game for us, one we're looking forward to and everyone seems raring to go."

In light of the concern over Faletau, uncapped Cardiff Blues back-rower Andries Pretorius has travelled with the squad to Paris. Wales had announced on Thursday that he had been released back to his region.

Faletau and Halfpenny were two of a few Wales players to emerge with any credit from the opening defeat to Ireland.

Goal-kicker Halfpenny scored a try in his 12-point haul in the 20-30 defeat, while Faletau was Wales' most effective ball-carrier.


WALES: 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).

Replacements: 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).

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