Watch France vs Wales Live Streaming 2015 Six nations Rugby Live Online.This Rugby Union match will be kick off at Stade de France Stadium in France, Saturday 28 February 2015 online, Time 19:00 GMT (UTC+0) and its broadcast on BBC, RTE,S4C, Fox Sports,Online Channels,Sky Sports.
But if the full-back does his job well enough on Saturday, the red carpet won’t be rolled out on his return to the Stade Mayol.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for both Wales and France as a second loss for either would all but extinguish their RBS 6 Nations hopes for another year.
Warren Gatland has been appropriately bold with his team selection, dropping Alex Cuthbert from the matchday squad completely as George North returns opposite the exciting Liam Williams on the wings.
Relative rookie Scott Baldwin has ousted Richard Hibbard at hooker but fittingly there are plenty of French connections in the starting XV, with Top 14 stars Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies and Luke Charteris all set to play on familiar soil on Saturday.
And though no Frenchman will be wishing them a happy homecoming, Halfpenny believes his side won’t be out of their element in the Stade de France cauldron.
“Toulon reminds me of Wales in terms of their passion for rugby,” he said. “The sport in Wales is huge like it is in Toulon. Both sets of fans are hugely passionate.
“Before the game in Toulon when you get off the bus you walk through a tunnel of fans into the changing room. It’s incredible, and I have not seen anything like that at club level.
“It reminds me of travelling in on the bus for Wales outside the Millennium Stadium with the fans cheering you in. It gives you a huge buzz going into the changing room.
“We know that when we go to Paris it will be a huge atmosphere and very loud. It’s great to play in front of and a huge challenge. We are going to have to be at our best to come away with what we are going there for, and that’s a win.
“We know it’s going to be a huge challenge. We had a good win against Scotland away, and we have to take that confidence and belief into Paris this weekend.”
Indeed the Welsh have emerged from games against France with their tails up in recent times – a win on Saturday would be their fourth on the spin over Les Bleus.
In a bid to start remedying that Philippe Saint-Andre has elected to start Remi Lamerat in the centres instead of battering ram Mathieu Bastareaud, who he believes is better placed as an impact off the bench.
Hopes are pinned on Morgan Parra, so instrumental in France’s Grand Slam winning year of 2010, at scrum-half and he will help conduct a back-line including fellow incomers Sofiane Guitoune and Brice Dulin.
“On Saturday we think that Bastareaud’s power will help us more at the end of the match,” said Saint-Andre, whose only change among the forwards is Romain Taofifenua for Pascal Pape.
“He gets involved in the game a lot and has been playing very well for his club so he brings that freshness to the side.
“He is a finisher but also someone who can create space for others.
“Brice (Dulin) is at about 98 per cent, we all know his qualities under the high ball and his qualities on the counter attack.
“It is not that Scott Spedding has done anything wrong but we now have two full-backs of real quality.”