Centre Jonathan Davies and fly-half Dan Biggar have been named in the Wales starting line-up for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

Davies has recovered from a knee injury suffered against Fiji nine days ago, while fly-half Biggar has successfully followed return to play protocols following a head injury.

Wing George North has shaken off an ankle knock to also start, with Wales head coach Warren Gatland naming the same team that accounted for Pool D rivals Australia last month.

Wales are targeting a World Cup semi-final appearance for a second time in the last three tournaments.

Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric and Josh Navidi form the back-row unit, with Ross Moriarty on the bench, where Adam Beard provides lock cover instead of Aaron Shingler.

Wales have beaten Six Nations rivals France seven times in their past eight meetings.

Saracens prop Rhys Carre also features among the replacements, being preferred to Ospreys loosehead Nicky Smith.

Gatland's consistency of selection is underlined by it being the same team selected for Wales' opening two World Cup group games.

Warren Gatland

The Wales coach says that they have done "due diligence" and "covered all the bases" in terms of Biggar's recovery from concussion.

"He felt better after the (Fiji) game, it was clear," Gatland said.

"So we went through, made sure in terms of consulting the right people and making sure that they were aware of everything, getting him scanned, (the) independent consultant, that was important.

"So we feel that we've gone through that due diligence and making sure we've covered all the bases in terms of Dan.

"He has obviously done all the protocols, been fit for three or four days in terms of having passed those, so we are obviously taking all the proper precautions from our point of view.

"He's desperate as a player to play, but yeah, there's always... we've been conscious in the past, and George North in the past has had a few knocks, and other players.

"And we've just got to make sure if it does happen, if he gets a knock in the next few games, the next couple of months, obviously there would probably be a different course of action.

"But he is very confident, you know that he is 100 per cent."

Meanwhile, French scrum-half Antoine Dupont is fit for the same game.

Dupont, who Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes is one of the world's best number nines, had been troubled by a back problem.

But he will take his place alongside half-back partner Romain Ntamack in Oita.

Head coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes from the side that defeated Tonga last time out.

Dupont replaces Baptiste Serin, while skipper Guilhem Guirado returns, in addition to lock Bernard Le Roux, wing Yoann Huget and centre Gael Fickou.

Full-back Maxime Medard is the only survivor from the France team that beat Wales 9-8 in the 2011 World Cup semi-finals.

Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Ross Moriarty, Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell, Owen Watkin

France: Maxime Medard; Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (captain) Rabah Slimani, Bernard Le Roux, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Gregorie Alldritt, Charles Ollivon

Replacements: Camille Chat, Cyril Baille, Emerick Setiano, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Vincent Rattez