|Six Nations: France v Wales|
|Venue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Friday, 1 February Kick-off: 20:00 GMT|
|Protection: Are residing on BBC One, BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio 5 are residing, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport web feature and BBC Sport app, plus are residing textual recount commentary.|
Coach Warren Gatland says he has no longer regarded as the leisure as antagonistic to ending first in his final Six Nations responsible of Wales.
Gatland took tag of his first recreation in 2008, and is making ready for his tenth match having spent two seasons as British and Irish Lions boss.
Wales originate their marketing and marketing campaign towards France in Paris on Friday.
“I haven’t undoubtedly contemplated the leisure as antagonistic to a success the Six Nations,” said Gatland.
Wales luxuriate in no longer obtained the match since 2013, when caretaker coach Gain Howley used to be responsible with Gatland away on Lions responsibility
Gatland has eminent two Mountainous Slam successes, the most fundamental in his opening 2008 marketing and marketing campaign and again in 2012.
He additionally guided Wales to a 2011 World Cup semi-final, eminent Lions success towards Australia in 2013 and a drawn series towards Contemporary Zealand four years later.
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Wales plug into Paris on the back of a nine-match a success shuffle and Gatland believes success on the Stade de France could perchance well consequence in a title expose.
“I have been resplendent originate that we luxuriate in a genuine probability of a success the Six Nations,” said Gatland.
“I judge if we utilize this most fundamental recreation, we can put it to use given we luxuriate in residence games towards England and Ireland.
“We came second final year which used to be OK. It’d be mountainous for us to utilize the Six Nations, nevertheless we know there may perchance be the World Cup later in the year.”
France will pose a spacious take a look at to Wales, actually in the forwards.
Les Bleus will discipline an eight with a mixed weight of honest over 150 stones, spearheaded by prop Uini Atonio (22st 7lbs) and South African born lock Paul Willemse (twenty first 3lbs), who is making his debut.
Returning Wales flanker Josh Navidi says Wales will adopt a bigger-they-are-more tough-they-plunge coverage and Gatland is conscious of they luxuriate in to nullify the bodily probability.
“The trend we luxuriate in tended to play towards France is defend the ball on the park and no longer be jumpy to kick lengthy and plot conclude a analysis at and win quite of grass,” said Gatland.
“They are able to kick heaps of ball out to plot conclude a analysis at and dull the game down and play so much off [Morgan] Parra at nine.
“There is rarely always a query they are going to luxuriate in a spacious plug at our scrum and plot conclude a analysis at to maul us off the park. They were resplendent efficient in the autumn in that acquire.
“Now we luxuriate in got to be on our mettle, and – from a defensive point of analysis – or no longer it’s paramount our line-tempo and collisions are genuine.
“We have got been working on that and talking about stopping their forward momentum which they’ll develop from their pack.”
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