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
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