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Centre switch for North against French

George North goes from wing to centre for Wales © Getty Images

Rugby News Centre switch for North against French

Wales have turned to George North to solve their injury problems at 13 for Friday night’s meeting with France, the wing moving into midfield as he did to great effect for the Saints earlier this season.

At outside centre, North scored the first try of the Saints’ Heineken Cup win at Leinster and his shift creates one of three changes to the side that were convincingly beaten in Dublin in Round 2. Luke Williams fills North’s boots out wide, while scrum-half Rhys Webb and second row Luke Charteris also come into the side.

Victory against the previously unbeaten French would keep Wales’ hopes of retaining the Six Nations alive on a huge weekend for the tournament – England and Ireland also locking horns at Twickenham on Saturday.

You can see the 8pm kick off at the Millennium Stadium live on the BBC.

WALES SIDE TO PLAY FRANCE
2014 Six Nations
Millennium Stadium
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Kick off 8pm

Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, George North, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Rhys Webb; Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (captain), Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Rhodri Jones, Jake Ball, Justin Tipuric, Mike Phillips, Dan Biggar, James Hook

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