France head coach Guy Noves has received a welcome boost as the squad make their first away trip of the Six Nations campaign.
Les Bleus won their first two games of the tournament at home to Italy and Ireland, and now travel to Cardiff knowing a win over Wales will see them installed as favourites for the championship.
While other countries have been struggling with injuries this month, the French have received good news today with the announcement that fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc rejoins the squad, having recovered from a shin injury.
The Montpellier fly-half, who is moving to Toulon at the end of the season, is up there with the best 10s in Europe. However, he was omitted from the French squad under Phillipe Saint Andre due to a personal disagreement between the pair.
On his day, Trinh-Duc is one of the best fly-halves around, having led the French to the World Cup final in 2011, and Warren Gatland will be a worried man upon hearing the news.
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France and Wales are two of the three unbeaten teams in the championship, and something will most likely give in the Principality Stadium next Friday night.
Noves has got off to the perfect start as coach recording two wins in the opening two games. However, there are some reservations about their style, and things may need to be changed if they are to win in Cardiff next week.