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Men’s Six Nations Tipuric: final game against France will be a tough test for Wales

JUSTIN TIPURIC expects Wales to face a France team “getting better with every game” when the countries clash in Cardiff on Saturday.

Victory for Wales — they have not lost at home against France since 2010 — is likely to secure second place behind champions Ireland in this season’s Six Nations.

But while Les Bleus began the tournament with successive defeats against Ireland and Scotland, they recovered impressively to see off Italy in Marseille before last weekend’s eye-catching dismissal of England.

And Wales flanker Tipuric, who looks set to win his 57th cap this weekend, believes they pose a considerable threat.

“When France gel and play well, they are a very difficult side to beat,” he said. “They are getting better with every game.

“Our goal before coming into these last two games [against Italy and France] was to win both of them. If we can do it and end up in second place, that will obviously be a good thing for us.”

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is due to name his starting line-up tomorrow, with a number of areas set for debate, including his starting back-row combination.


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