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Wales to face Sweden in final friendly before Euro 2016

Sweden will be the final friendly fixture before Wales head to their first major tournament in almost 60 years. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Wales will play Sweden away in their final friendly before Euro 2016 kicks off in June.

Chris Coleman and co will head to Stockholm's 50,000-capacity Friends Arena on Sunday 5th June, six days before the tournament kicks off. The fixture was announced by the Swedish Football Association on their website. Friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine will take place next month.

Read more: Wales' pre-Euro 2016 friendlies confirmed

Wales have lost their last five games against Sweden. The two sides last met in March 2010 when Wales lost 0-1 in a friendly in Swansea.

Dan Biggar is 'making excellent progress' after ankle injury

The Welsh Rugby Union says Dan Biggar is making "excellent progress" after suffering an ankle injury against Ireland on Sunday.

Dan Biggar was injured early in Sunday's match with Ireland Credit: PA

A decision on whether he'll be fit to play against Scotland on Saturday will be made later in the week, and the injury is not thought to be "long term", a spokesperson added.

The Wales squad reconvenes on Wednesday to prepare for Saturday's clash against Scotland at the Principality Stadium.

Wales 'can't afford' any slip-ups

Luke Charteris accepts there can be no margin for error as Wales face a history-making quest to be crowned RBS 6 Nations champions this season.

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No team has ever won the title after drawing a game, but that is the task now awaiting Wales and Ireland following Sunday's 16-16 draw in Dublin.

Starting next Saturday when Scotland arrive in Cardiff, Wales must realistically win three homes games - France and Italy are also due at the Principality Stadium - and topple England at Twickenham to maintain hopes of finishing top.

We saw last year how close this tournament has been over the last few years. Unfortunately, there is no Grand Slam or Triple Crown to go for now, but we have to knuckle down and get four wins from four.

I saw a bit of the (Scotland versus England) game, and they (Scotland) looked good.

It was a physical game against England - both packs went at it - and they will be a challenge, especially with us having one day less recovery, so we will have to look after ourselves.

– Luke Charteris, Wales lock


Wales wait on Dan Biggar's injury

Dan Biggar competes for the ball with Connor Murray Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wales could know more in the next 24 hours or so about fly-half Dan Biggar's prospects of facing RBS 6 Nations opponents Scotland next Saturday.

Biggar went off just 22 minutes into Wales' 16-16 draw with reigning Six Nations champions Ireland in Dublin.

He was replaced by Rhys Priestland, whose goalkicking helped haul Wales back into the contest from 13-0 adrift.

Dan has a high ankle sprain, so we will know more on that in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Whether he has got to be scanned or not, I don't know. It's difficult to make assessments so soon after the game.

I thought Rhys Priestland played well when he came on, and we were happy with his performance.

– Warren Gatland, Wales Head Coach

Dan Biggar injury to be assessed tomorrow

Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland has confirmed fly-half Dan Biggar has suffered a "high ankle sprain" in Wales' 16-all draw with Ireland.

Dan Biggar was injured early in today's match with Ireland. Credit: PA

Wales' number 10 had to come off mid-way through the first half after he picked up the knock in the game's opening phases.

Gatland said it was too early to tell if the 26-year-old will miss next week's game with Scotland and his injury will be fully assessed tomorrow.

Ireland and Wales draw in Six Nations opener

Wales have drawn their game against Ireland Credit: PA images

Wales have drawn 16 all against Ireland in their opener of the Six Nations.

In the second half Wales continued their resurgence with Rhys Priestland tying the game with an early penalty.

Just ten minutes to go and Jonny Sexton struck back.

Wales now must prepare against Scotland at the Principality Stadium next week.

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