sport news Wales prepare to field most experienced Six Nations team EVER against youthful ...

If at some point on Saturday the tide has turned against Wales, the French are flooding through in attack and causing chaos it will be the old men of the sea who guide those in red to calmer waters.

The two recent Tests between Wales and France have been mad, edge-of-the-seat thrillers. Both have been won by wily Wales when all looked lost.

Last year they were 16-0 down at half-time in Paris, then in the quarter-final of the World Cup in Japan Les Bleus led 12-0; in both Welsh waves eventually swept France - who suffered extraordinary head-explosions - aside.

Wales are to name the most experienced Six Nations team ever to get the better of France

Wales are to name the most experienced Six Nations team ever to get the better of France

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is a key part of the old guard and he can guide this side to a win

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones is a key part of the old guard and he can guide this side to a win

Those are the only two matches Josh Adams has played against France, and he explained how his senior men can be a steady hand on the tiller amid a storm.

'We have got some great leaders,' said the winger who is fit again having limped off in the Ireland defeat. 'Alun Wyn Jones is fantastic and does really steer us through some tough times on the field with his leadership.

'Biggsy (Dan Biggar) at 10 is another fantastic leader, he really gets the backline going, a fantastic game manager, he understands the game really well. I could reel off Tips (Justin Tipuric), Toby (Taulupe Faletau), Ken (Owens), Halfers (Leigh Halfpenny) at full-back, even George (North) on the wing.

'These boys have got so many caps under their belt, they have played at the highest level, in the biggest matches you can possibly get, Lions deciders and things.

'On some occasions experience like that does help you, a calm head in moments of madness when you are up against it.

'If the game goes down to the wire, the experience on our side will help but that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to win us it.' Perhaps more than most other Test teams Wales - at least under Warren Gatland - were masters at clinging on to games.

On Saturday, Wayne Pivac fields the most experienced Six Nations team ever, with 859 caps. Only 14 other XVs in the history of the game - 10 of which have been All Black sides - have had more Test appearances in them.

Wales have produced epic battles against France, coming back from 16-0 down last February

Wales have produced epic battles against France, coming back from 16-0 down last February

They rallied at half-time and the France team were left with head in hands following the defeat

They rallied at half-time and the France team were left with head in hands following the defeat

MOST EXPERIENCED SIX NATIONS TEAMS

859 CAPS - WALES v France in 2020 

822 CAPS - v Scotland in 2012 

786 CAPS - Ireland v WALES in 2020 

779 CAPS - ENGLAND v Ireland in 2020

777 CAPS - England v in 2015 

15th MOST CAPPED side assembled in Test rugby history for Wales on Saturday against France. 

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

NEXT sport news Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Fred after Manchester United midfielder's ...