Wales team announcement

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland - what will the coach decide? Photo: ITV News Wales

It's something of an understatement to say that Sam Warburton will be very keen to be fit for Saturday's Grand Slam game against the French.

After THAT tip tackle in the World Cup semi-final defeat to the same opponents, the Wales captain would like nothing more than to lead his team to triumph against the men in blue.

There were encouraging signs in training this week that he would recover from the knee injury which kept him out against Italy last weekend - his coach and his country will hope that is the case.

Apart from that, Warren Gatland's other key decisions also come in the pack. Hooker Matthew Rees looked in need of the game against the Italians after some time out - the issue will be whether that was enough to sharpen him for what is traditionally a real battle up front. Otherwise, Ken Owens packs down between Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones.

And there's a similar state of affairs in the second row. The World Cup pairing of Alun-Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris have now enjoyed a share of the action - Jones much more than Charteris - but Ian Evans has been impressive all through the campaign, and would be unlucky to miss out now.

As for the backs, it will surely be the same again there, after four matches in which every one of them has done their bit to bring Wales to the brink of glory. The Triple Crown safely in the trophy cabinet, the Grand Slam to go for next - all will be revealed at one o'clock this afternoon.