Wales boss Warren Gatland has shuffled his squad around ahead of the Six Nations clash with France in Cardiff on Friday.

The only change sees scrum half Mike Phillips drops to the bench, with Rhys Webb coming in to replace him, making his first start for his country.

Gatland wasn't pleased with Phillips' performance against Ireland, especially his yellow card, and said that Webb deserved his chance.

"The fact that Mike has been a first choice for a long time, it's important that we give someone else an opportunity in that position to stake a claim and also give us some depth in that role as well."

George North and Scott Williams swap positions with North moving to outside centre and Williams starting on the wing.

Andrew Coombes drops to the bench, and will be replaced by the returning Luke Charteris, who missed the Ireland defeat through injury.

Gatland sees this weekend as crucial as Wales aim to win a third consecutive Six Nations crown.

"As a squad we have a huge amount of experience in this tournament and we will be calling on that this weekend," he added. "We see the game as a huge opportunity for us to put things right."

Wales currently lie in fourth place in the table after suffering their heaviest Six Nations defeat since 2006 against Ireland, and must beat France to keep alive any realistic hope of an unprecedented hat-trick of titles.

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