France head coach Marc Lievremont has made seven changes to his starting lineup to take on defending Six Nations Champions Wales this Friday night and has sprung a shock by naming Benoit Baby at flyhalf.
Baby is an experienced centre but has been selected ahead of Francois Trinh-Duc, who will start on the bench after being called up during the week as cover for the injured Lionel Beauxis.
Young centre Mathieu Bastareaud will partner Yannick Jauzion as they look to contain the Welsh duo of Jamie Roberts and Tom Shanklin in Paris on Friday night.
Another change sees Morgan Parra come in for Sebastien Tillous-Borde, meaning a new combination at No.9 and 10 for, what is expected to be, the biggest test of the season for Les Bleus.
There is a return to the side for Sebastien Chabal while, up front, Sylvain Marconnet returns to international rugby to take his place in the front row.
Fullback Clement Poitrenaud has also been pushed on to the bench. Exciting starlet Maxime Medard will take over at 15 with Julien Malzieu returning on the wing.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.