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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.