Wales v France: Tickets available for Six Nations clash
Wales v France: Tickets for the Six Nations clash at Millennium Stadium on Friday are available at viagogo
Wales take on a resurgent France on Friday knowing only a win can salvage their dreams of creating history by winning a third successive Six Nations title – and tickets for the match are available at viagogo.
Blighted by injuries in the midfield, head coach Warren Gatland has been forced to risk winger George North as centre partner to Jamie Roberts for a battle royale against an equally formidable partnership of Mathieu Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana – more a tactical necessity than calculated risk despite the obvious qualities for the role that the 21-year-old possesses, but an exciting one for spectators of any persuasion.
Pride near fatally wounded by their mauling to Ireland in their last outing after an indifferent performance against Italy, the Welsh forwards seek redemption against a side they have beaten in each of the last two championships.
Again, injuries and a lack of game time have not helped their cause, but Cardiff Blues duo Gethin Jenkins and Sam Warburton performed well for their region last weekend as colleagues stewed back at base. Guilt and disappointment have been well-voiced since; pride aside, Wales are in no worse a position this year than they were last year.
France remain the ubiquitous unknown quantity. Wooden spoon recipients in last year’s championship, Philippe Saint-Andre’s side are undefeated after two home games against England and Italy this year – backs scoring tries for fun, forwards brutal and marauding. How they perform on the road against a wounded behemoth remains to be seen.
The Welsh backlash is expected, ignited by vocal home support in the Cardiff cauldron; they start as favourites. If there wasn’t already enough riding on this game, Wales’ most hated man Alain Rolland is the referee. The pain of the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat in Auckland still lingers.