Grand Slam fever builds

Fans dressed as miners
Fans are in high spirits today in the Welsh capital Photo: ITV Wales

It has been dubbed 'Super Saturday' - and Wales fans across the globe are living up to that moniker as they gear up for this afternoon’s Six Nations showdown against France.

A quarter of a million people – roughly a twelfth of Wales’ population - are expected to flood into the Welsh capital on a weekend worth an estimated £15m to the Welsh economy.

And excitement is reaching fever pitch as Wales strive for their third Gram Slam in eight years.

History reveals just how close this game could be, with only three Welsh wins against France since the year 2000 to their 11.

But Wales have notched up 10 Grand Slams to France’s nine,and the Welsh side have edged above their visitors in the world rankings.

Match facts
Head-to-head records reveal just how close today's game could be Credit: ITV Wales

Bookmakers are slightly in favour of a Wales win - and it seems fans agree.

Further afield, former England captain Will Carling has publicly predicted a 'well-deserved' win for Wales. Even Hollywood star David Hasselhoff has tweeted his support for Wales along with Welsh girlfriend Hayley Roberts.

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@sterrenlicht1 hello Cardiff! I'll be watching the match in LA with @hhayleyroberts and cheering all the way for Wales #Grandslam #GoWales

Captain Sam Warburton has described this game as the most important of his career. But whether Wales win or lose today, no one can dispute the talent of a side who have thus far secured a Six Nations 2012 clean sweep.

Six Nations trophy
Will captain Sam Warburton be holding this aloft today? Credit: ITV Wales