By Jonathan Davies

2015 - the year of rugby in the UK

Warren Gatland has made four changes to the side that beat Scotland 26-23 as Wales make their way to Paris.

George North returns to the left-wing after sitting out the win in Edinburgh win concussion. He takes the place of Alex Cuthbert with Liam Williams retaining his spot.

Scott Baldwin comes in for Richard Hibbard at hooker and Samson Lee returns from injury to replace Aaron Jarvis at tighthead prop. Luke Charteris replaces Jake Ball in the second-row.

Warren Gatland said: "We have made some tough calls and there were some tight decisions, but it is a very strong team we are putting out.

"We have a lot of strength in depth at second-row.

"It is a chance for Luke Charteris to get a start and we have been impressed with Bradley Davies as well.

"It is nothing against Jake, but we have a lot of strength in depth and it's an opportunity to see the other two.

"It's a chance for Scott Baldwin to start as well.

"The last time he started he went well in the victory over South Africa.

"It is great to have Samson back available and it was a tough call in the back-three, but we have decided to go with Liam and George.

"We felt we improved against Scotland and we are looking for another improvement this weekend."

Wales are bidding for a fourth straight victory over Les Blues as their hopes of winning the Six Nations championship hang by a thread. Other results need to go their way, but anything other than a win in Paris will signal the end of Wales' hopes.

Backs: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), George North (Northampton Saints), Liam Williams (Scarlets); Jonathan Davies (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys).

Forwards: Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets); Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys); Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Paul James (Bath), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets).