Jonathan Davies fit as Wales recall Dan Lydiate and Alex Cuthbert
Jonathan Davies is fit for Friday’s Six Nations game with France
British and Lions centre Davies has recovered from a hip injury sustained in Wales’ win over Scotland
Wales also recall wing Alex Cuthbert and forwards Dan Lydiate and Bradley Davies
Jonathan Davies has been passed fit for Wales ahead of their Six Nations clash with France on Friday evening.
He had suffered a hip injury during the match with Scotland last time out but has recovered in time to start against the French.
Wing Alex Cuthbert has been recalled for the matchup between the two sides with Cardiff Blues player Tom James missing out altogether.
Cuthbert has scored 15 tries in 40 caps for Wales but has not crossed in the Six Nations since February 2014.
Dan Lydiate will return at blindside flanker with Ospreys man Justin Tipuric being dropped to the bench. Sam Warburton will move to number seven to accommodate Lydiate.
Bradley Davies has also been recalled for the game, replacing injured Luke Charteris at lock. The only enforced change of the three Wales coach Warren Gatland has made to the starting 15.
Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland is fit to be among Wales’ replacements and is joined by the likes of Gethin Jenkins, Tomas Francis and Ken Owens.
Gatland told BBC Sport: “We initially thought we would have to wait until later in the week to have a final update on injuries.
“But we know where we are earlier than expected and have told the squad, hence announcing today as well.
“It’s set to be another huge Six Nations weekend, France come to Cardiff unbeaten in the campaign so far and impressing under Guy (Noves).
“We are looking to continue our unbeaten run and will be looking for another step up after the victory over Scotland.”
Wales are seeking to beat France for the fifth time in succession, the first time they would have achieved the feat since 1927.
France and England lead the 2016 Six Nations with two wins from two while victory for unbeaten Wales on Friday will move them top, until England face Ireland on Saturday at least.
Wales: Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin, Samson Lee; Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones; Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau.
Reps: Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Tom Francis, Jake Ball, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Anscombe.