Wales v France, Saturday 14:45
Wales will be aiming to secure a famous Grand Slam victory this weekend when they take on France at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Paddy Power offer short odds on Sam Warburton’s side to triumph in Cardiff.
It is thought that around 250,000 people will be watching the rugby contest in the City of Cardiff, with many hoping that Warren Gatland’s team turn on the style to finish a flawless campaign. France are a tough team to predict though, so it promises to be a fascinating contest.
Ahead of Saturday’s match, Gatland said: “We are obviously aware of what this game means to the fans, 60,000 of them came to the Millennium Stadium during the Rugby World Cup to watch us face France in the semi-final on the television screens and that tells you everything about how dedicated they are.”
“But this weekend we play in front of a sell-out 74,500 crowd with a chance to make history in Cardiff, they will be there to watch us in the flesh.”
“They can make a real and positive contribution to the atmosphere and, like us, will be thinking of nothing other than the here and now.”
“In camp all we can and must do is make preparations as normal, the magnitude of the game is not lost on us but it is irrelevant to how we prepare.”
As for France, their campaign has been rather disappointing by their standards. It started well with victories over Italy and Scotland, but this was followed by a frustrating draw at home to Ireland. Then, most recently, Les Bleus lost on home soil to England.
This has left them 4th in the table and there is no doubt that they will want a positive performance on Saturday, spoiling the Welsh party in the process.
Looking at the head to head record between these two, Wales have actually only won one of their last eight meetings with France. The most recent of which being a 9-8 win for the French in the Rugby World Cup semi-final last year.
Wales are boosted by the return to fitness of captain Sam Warburton though and backed by a passionate crowd, they will be confident of securing their third Grand Slam in the last eight years.
This one gets underway at 2.45pm on Saturday afternoon.