Warburton likely to be fit to captain Wales

Sam Warburton with the Triple Crown
Sam Warburton injured his knee against England, put played on and lifted the Triple Crown Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales are hopeful that captain Sam Warburton will be fit to lead the side against France in their final Six Nations game. The flanker missed the 24-3 win over Italy with a knee injury.

That victory means Wales are now 80 minutes away from a third Grand Slam in eight seasons. France are the opponents at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The last time the sides met, in the World Cup semi-final in October, Warburton was controversially sent off as Wales lost 9-8.

The Cardiff Blues man has only played a game and a half during this year's tournament, after picking up a thigh injury during the opener against Ireland, and missing the victory over Scotland. 22-year-old Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric impressed in the Number 7 jersey against Italy, and says he's "ready" to step in if needed.

Justin Tipuric playing against Italy
Tipuric was in formidable form against Italy Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Forwards coach Robin McBryde says the prospects of Warburton playing are "very favourable", and it's hoped he'll return to training on Tuesday.

Wales have no other injury concerns, with lock Luke Charteris pushing for selection after coming off the bench in the 24-3 victory over Italy. Warren Gatland will name his team for the clash on Thursday, with expectation building throughout the week.

From experience, we've just got to look after ourselves, do what we need to do, get ready for Saturday. You can't really get involved in too much of the hype.

– Adam Jones, Wales prop