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Rob Evans relishing prospect of Six Nations battle against France

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Wales prop Rob Evans is ready for the "big challenge" that awaits against France in the NatWest 6 Nations finale.

Victory for Evans and company should be enough to finish second behind runaway champions Ireland.

And that runners-up spot has occupied Welsh minds this week as Warren Gatland's men look to complete a clean sweep of Six Nations home wins this season.

It is a huge game for us. We are just looking to put in a big performance to end the campaign.

There is always something to prove. France always have a good pack and a big set-piece, but we pride ourselves on our own set-piece. and it is a big challenge for us.

They are renowned for their scrum. When you look at their league, it is all based around their scrums and driving mauls. They've got some big old boys over there.

We will look to put pressure on their lineout and hopefully deliver a strong scrummaging display. It is a game we want to win, and if we do that there is a good chance we will finish second.

– Rob Evans
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Wales began the tournament with an impressive bonus-point win against Scotland, but successive losses to England and Ireland derailed their title hopes, before they claimed another comfortable victory by dismissing Italy.

France have not won in Cardiff since 2010, and Les Bleus will encounter a Wales side containing seven changes from last weekend, including returning players like captain Alun Wyn Jones, fly-half Dan Biggar and full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

We have improved as a team in the last six-eight months, and we have to keep working and trying to improve.

It was frustrating to come off the back of two losses when we did not control the game in some areas. You have to put that behind you, learn from your mistakes and move on.

We know what France will bring, and it is a huge game for us, especially after their big win over England. I am sure it meant a lot to them, but it means a hell of a lot to us to finish second this weekend.

– Rob Evans

And if Wales are to triumph, then putting the brakes on France skipper and midfield powerhouse Mathieu Bastareaud will be key.

Bastareaud was in dominant form against England, and his threat is not lost on either Evans or Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies.