The Six Nations are back on our screens this weekend and as it will be for the Rugby Champions, this year’s Six Nations will play an important part in teams preparations for the World Cup in Japan.
It all starts in Paris on Friday with the French hosting Wales at the Stade de France.
With Gatland there is always those that believe they have a great chance to lift the silverware. The problem for Gatland is that the French have been improving and at home they are no easy push over.
They may have lost against Fiji in November but if Gatland and his troops think they can just pitch up they in for a huge surprise on Friday night.
The opening rounds of the championship is always the most difficult to get over, specially if you have the favourite tag going into the match.
The draw this year favour Gatland and his team with home test against England and Ireland.
The French do have a side that can and will push the Welsh all the way on Friday.
Young talents Romain Ntamack and Damian Penaud start at centre and wing respectively while it is Clermont duo Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez who steer the ship.
This fixture is normally a tight affair and we expect the same in round 1.
France got a two point victory in 2017 over Wales when they last visit Paris with the Welsh taking a one point win last year in Cardiff.
Expect another close one here guys.
Prediction: Wales should take it but the gambler in me is going with France by 4
France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Wesley Fofana, 12 Romain Ntamack, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Greg Alldritt, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Gael Fickou, 23 Geoffrey Doumayrou
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Owen Watkin