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The Wales team that should be selected to play France in the Grand Slam decider

Wales are one game away from a Six Nations Grand Slam, and Wayne Pivac has just one more team selection to make.

The scheduled announcement for the match against France is on Thursday, and our rugby writers have offered their views on who should be selected.

Who would you pick? Tell us your team in the comments section.

Mark Orders’ Wales team: Bring back Beard

Wales should make just the one change for their tilt at the Grand Slam.

That would see Adam Beard coming back into the side and Cory Hill dropping to the bench.

It wouldn’t be any reflection on Hill’s effort against Italy. As auditions go for the finale, the man couldn’t have done much more, carrying the ball 10 times for 25 metres and putting in a dozen tackles. He was so prominent at times that it seemed there were multiple Hills on the pitch: the seven Hills of Rome, perhaps.

But France will be a different challenge altogether.

They fielded a giant lock pairing against England in Romain Taofifenua and Paul Willemse, while against Wales in October Les Bleus did a number on Wales in the front five with Beard 500 miles away in Swansea.

Beard performed strongly against quality opposition in Ireland, Scotland and England in the first three rounds of this tournament,

Wayne Pivac regularly references stats and there was nothing wrong with Hill’s numbers against Italy.

But the 6ft 8in Beard’s commanding height would come in handy against this weekend’s opposition – plus his maul defence, tackling, carrying and ability to pass and add an extra dimension.

There is a case for looking at inside centre and scrum-half, but Jonathan Davies organisational skills are needed in midfield and Willis Halaholo has made an impact off the bench. Tomos Williams can’t be match fit after six weeks out, so Gareth Davies should get another chance.

Mark Orders’ Wales team to face France: Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

Simon Thomas’ team: Wales need something special – and Willis Halaholo can provide it

It’s going to take something special to beat France in Paris, so I would be bold and start with Willis Halaholo in the centre.

Jonathan Davies has done a solid job since moving in one to 12, but Halaholo just offers that side-stepping point of difference in attack.

He’s also been prominent in defence during his cameos, as he would need to be against Fickou and Vakatawa.

Elsewhere, it’s a really tight call over who to partner Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.

Adam Beard and Cory Hill have both been excellent there during the Championship.

But I’m just edging towards Beard for his work in the opening three matches as lineout caller, lineout winner and around the park, with his maul defence also a key asset.

At scrum-half, there is a temptation to throw Tomos Williams straight in there if he has fully recovered from his hamstring problem, given the creative spark he brings.

But as he hasn’t played for six weeks, it would probably be more sensible to utilise him as an impact sub, with Gareth Davies retaining the No 9 jersey.

Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Willis Halaholo, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

Matt Southcombe’s team: Stick with the side from Rome

Any time a winning team is changed, I get a bit twitchy.

After watching Wales run riot in Rome, why would you tinker? Ignoring the quality of opposition for a moment – and Italy were woeful – Wales produced a thoroughly professional performance, looked well-drilled and will be high on confidence.

There is not an area of that team I would touch right now.

If there was one position I’d be tempted to mess with, it would be second row and I think there’s a chance Pivac may recall Adam Beard.

But Cory Hill has been superb since coming back in and the lineout has been faultless with him calling the shots.

This team is good enough to beat France and win the Grand Slam. Don’t make changes for the sake of it.

Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis; Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (C); Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

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