France vs Wales rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream free and teams for huge Six Nations game

WALES visit France as they bid for a second Grand Slam in three years.

The Dragons have confounded their critics to move within one match of completing the slam, but this game could prove to be their toughest.


France still harbour their own Six Nations hopes but must secure the right result against Wayne Pivac's men and then again against Scotland next Friday.

The Welsh, meanwhile, do not need a victory to be sure of the title.

Here's what Wales have to do to win the Six Nations if they miss out on the Grand Slam.

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What time does France vs Wales kick off?

  • France vs Wales takes place TODAY – Saturday, March 20.
  • The match kicks off at 8pm UK time – 9pm in France.
  • It takes place behind closed doors at the Stade de France and will be the French's first home game of the tournament.
  • Pontypool-born English official Luke Pearce will be referee for the game.

What TV channel is France vs Wales on and can I live stream it?

  • France vs Wales is live on BBC One in the UK.
  • Coverage commences at 7.15pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the BBC iPlayer.
  • Viewers who want to watch in Welsh can catch all the action live on S4C.
  • France 2 is showing all Six Nations matches live in France.
  • Last time the sides met at this venue was in October when France ran out 38-21 winners in an Autumn Nations Cup warm-up match.

Team news

France have named an unchanged team from their defeat against England at Twickenham last week.

Despite the result, Mathieu Jalibert impressed at fly-half and keeps his spot in Fabien Galthie's biggest call.

Wales have made just the one change for this one with giant second row Adam Beard coming back into the side for Cory Hill.


Latest odds

To win the match

France 4/11

Tie 33/1

Wales 2/1

To win the Six Nations

Wales 4/11

France 21/10

Grand Slam winner

Wales 11/5

No Grand Slam winner 1/3

* Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Friday, March 19

What they said

France head coach Fabien Galthie: “We’re very satisfied with the performance of the team in generally.

"We’re very satisfied with the potential of this team too.

“In Twickenham, we felt a lot potential and strength in this team and what we need to do a week later is to bounce back against Wales with the potential that is at the heart of this team.”

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac is desperate to deliver a Grand Slam for the country where he has lived the past seven years of his life.

The Kiwi said: "It would mean everything, really.

"Coming up to seven years, you understand what it means to the country, and what it can do to productivity.

"I noticed walking round the golf course here at our hotel, on the day off, the amount of people that were saying good luck for the weekend, they are very supportive.

"That changes very quickly, from the autumn [when Wales finished fifth in the Six Nations] to now!"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRANCE STARTING XV

    Fabien Galthie names an unchanged side to the team that narrowly lost to England last week .

    15 Brice Dulin; 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Damian Penaud; 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Antoine Dupont

    1 Cyril Baille, 2 Julien Marchand, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 4 Romain Taofifenau, 5 Paul Willemse, 6 Dylan Cretin, 7 Charles Ollivon, 8 Gregory Alldritt

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON 

    Welcome to our live blog of France vs Wales in what could be the Six Nations decider. 

    A Welsh win in Paris would secure a second Grand Slam victory in three years, after Warren Gatland led the Dragons to Grand Slam victory in 2019. 

    A French win really makes things complicated, but a slender French victory would still hand Wayne Pivac’s side the Six Nations title. 

    Critics would say Wales have been fortunate to be in this position, after benefitting from red cards to both Ireland and Scotland. 

    Refereeing decisions then dominated the game against England, but Wales fans will not care one bit. 

    The emergence of Louis Rees-Zammit on the wing, as well as some excellent flowing rugby means Wales are in pole position for another Grand Slam title. 

    Victory would secure a FIFTH Grand Slam title, but it would be their first one secured away from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 

    The omens bode well for Wayne Pivac an Co. though as Wales have beaten France in three out of the last four clashes at the Stade de France. 

    France though will be confident of keeping their own Six Nations hopes alive, with victory against Wales and Scotland means Les Bleus could still win the title. 

    It should be an absolute cracker. 

    Kick off is at 8pm and team news will follow shortly. 

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