'Satisified' France unchanged for Wales Six Nations decider

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Fabien Galthie took over as France head coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup

France coach Fabien Galthie said he named an unchanged side on Thursday to host Wales in a potential Six Nations Grand Slam decider this weekend because he was "satisfied" with the loss to England.

Second-row Romain Taofifenua, fly-half Matthieu Jalibert and flanker Dylan Cretin keep their places after the defeat for Saturday's match at the Stade de France.

The visitors can claim a second tournament clean sweep in three years with a win in Paris.

"We're very satisfied with the performance of the team in generally. We're very satisfied with the potential of this team too," Galthie said.

"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," he added.

The ex-Test captain stuck with Jalibert, Taofifenua and Cretin in favour of Romain Ntamack and Anthony Jelonch, and Swann Rebbadj who are on the substitutes' bench.

There are three new faces among the reserves as Galthie reverted to five forwards and three backs.

Prop Uini Atonio comes in for Dorian Aldegheri, Rebbadj replaces the injured Cyril Cazeaux and flanker Cameron Woki drops out for centre Arthur Vincent.

Regular lock Bernard Le Roux, who was expected to return to the bench, was left out after failing to recover sufficiently from the thigh injury that caused him to miss the England game.

Galthie's men need a bonus point victory and to beat Scotland in a re-scheduled fixture next Friday to clinch the title for a first time since 2010.

The former Les Bleus scrum-half said his side's goal is to win the fixture before looking for the four tries or more for the additional points in the table.

"It doesn't change much in our preparation. The focus is on this match, is to perform well against this opposition and to win the game," he said.

"Then there will be elements to consider."

France (15-1)

Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Teddy Thomas; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Gregory Alldritt; Charles Ollivon (capt), Dylan Cretin; Paul Willemse, Romain Taofifenua; Mohamed Haouas, Julian Marchand, Cyril Baille

Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Swann Rebbadj,Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack, Arthur Vincent

Coach: Fabien Galthie (FRA)