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Wales boss Wayne Pivac will name his squad for the autumn opener against France today on Saturday

Seven months after their last test match against England in the Six Nations, Wales face the Blues in Paris to start their six-game autumn campaign

With the Scottish Six Nations clash rescheduled a week later on October 31, it remains to be seen whether Pivac will field an experimental team or give his heavy hitters the much needed preparation minutes

Liam Williams and Jonah Holmes have both been released back to their area for this weekend, which means uncapped teenage sensation Louis Rees-Zammit is set to make his debut

Bristol Bears flyweight Callum Sheedy is unlikely to be in attendance after his late arrival at camp due to commitments with his team and Josh Navidi will miss the game as he continues to recover from a concussion

After the game against Scotland on Halloween, Wales will take part in the new Autumn Nations Cup, with the Six Nations teams as well as Fiji and Georgia You can see the autumn matches of the Full Wales here

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 1 Rhys Carré, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 years Samson Lee, 4 years Cory Hill, 5 years Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6 years Aaron Wainwright, 7 years Justin Tipuric, 8 years Taulupe Faletau

Substitutes: Sam Parry, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, James Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Patchell, Louis Rees-Zammit

The Wales captain will tie the world record this week as he makes his 148th test appearance (nine of those coming for the Lions)

« He is a fabulous achievement He embodies what a great rugby player is He is a true professional on and off the field and a gentleman of the game On the field he sets an example and you cannot ask no more of your captain and we are very privileged here in Wales to have him « 

« We have six matches this fall and the game against France is helping us get back on the road to international rugby We have chosen an experienced team and are up against a good team from France, so we want to start this fall well and take the lead for the Guinness Six Nations match against Scotland

« We have already talked about how lucky we are to do our job on a daily basis A lot of people cannot do this and certainly within our organization there are a lot of people who are not back at work From our perspective this Saturday is a time to prepare for this tournament and for Scotland but two, put some smiles on faces and put on a good performance and make the nation proud »

On the other end of the spectrum, Alun Wyn Jones is in line to tie the world record for test appearances this weekend

1 Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues, 8 caps), 2 Ryan Elias (Scarlets, 13 caps), 3 Samson Lee (Scarlets, 41 caps), 4 Cory Hill (Cardiff Blues, 25 caps), 5 Alun Wyn Jones ( Ospreys, 138 caps) (CAPT), 6 Aaron Wainwright (Dragons, 21 caps), 7 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys, 76 Caps), 8 Taulupe Faletau (Bath, 76 Caps), 9 Rhys Webb (Ospreys, 33 Caps), 10 Dan Biggar (Northampton, 83 caps), 11 years old Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues, 24 caps), 12 years old Nick Tompkins (Dragons, 4 caps), 13 years old Jonathan Davies (Scarlets, 81 caps), 14 years old George North (Ospreys, 95 Caps), 15 years old Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets, 89 caps)

Substitution: Sam Parry (Ospreys, Uncapped), Nicky Smith (Ospreys, 35 Caps), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues, 26 Caps), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues, 7 Caps), James Davies (Scarlets, 8 Caps) , Gareth Davies (Scarlets, 53 Caps), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets, 19 Caps), Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester, Uncapped)

Just a reminder of the fall appointments, as well as the TV channels you will need and all the kick off times

And if chosen by Pivac, it would be a remarkable next chapter in what has already been an incredible journey for the Scarlets Center

A little over a year ago, he donned the English jersey in a limitless match against the Barbarians

For all the chaos that was unfolding last week in France regarding the release of the players, they have named a very formidable team

In fact, there is only one change in the starting lineup that won at Cardiff in the Six Nations and that makes them stronger

France: Anthony Bouthier; Teddy Thomas, Vrimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas; Bernard Le Roux, Damien Willemse; François Cros, Charles Ollivon (C), Gregory Aldritt

Representatives: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Vincent, Thomas Ramos

Full-back Mercurial has only played one game since suffering a serious ankle injury at the 2019 Rugby World Cup

It happened against England in the Six Nations, but since then a foot injury has kept them away

He has been released by Wales, back with the Scarlets, and is expected to win some time against Benetton this weekend

Respected French rugby journalist Paul Eddison has a first turn for the France squad to face Wales

It looks like a really great team and there isn’t much of a ‘preseason’ feel

Gloucester’s test machine was chosen for the Six Nations squad but did not feature in the tournament

This time around, he spent two full weeks at camp before the first game, which gave him as much time as possible to prepare for the game, something he was not given earlier this year in reason for club commitments

Really, now seems like a great time for Pivac to throw it out and fans are eager to see that happen

Welcome to our live updates on the Wales squad announcement as Wayne PIvac picks sides to face France

This is the first time Wales have played in seven months, making it difficult to predict the direction of the head coach

But this is just a warm-up match and the result will have no impact on the standings for the Rugby World Cup draw later this year, giving Pivac a little more freedom to experiment

Announcement of the France team at 10 a.m., Wales at noon, followed by the Pivac press conference at 1 p.m.

Wales National Rugby Team, Alun Wyn Jones, French Rugby Team, Wayne Pivac, Six Nations Championship, British and Irish Lions

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