Grand Slam countdown

Wales will claim their third Grand Slam in eight years if they beat France in their final Six Nations game in Cardiff on Saturday.

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Halfpenny prepared for another big kick against France

Leigh Halfpenny says he's "moved on" from the disappointment of missing a decisive penalty in Wales' World Cup semi-final defeat to France, and is ready to kick his side to Grand Slam glory against the same opponents on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Cardiff Blues man has enjoyed great success since become Wales' principal goal kicker for the Six Nations. His late penalty fell agonisingly short as Warren Gatland's men lost 9-8 to France in October.

I would wonder if there was anything I could have done to get the ball over, I went through it every single day, but that has gone now. I have moved on from that. The practice I have done since that moment means going into this game I am pleased with where I am at. I just try to imagine I am on the field in Gorseinon with just me, the ball and the posts.

– Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny


Neil Jenkins: "We're expecting a tough game"

Our Sports Correspondent Richard Morgan was at the Wales press conference this lunchtime:

Wales captain Sam Warburton came safely through training last night, and Wales will continue to monitor him with a view to including him on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Wales Kicking Coach Neil Jenkins says they won't be taking anything for granted against France:

"We haven't beaten them since 2008, they were unlucky to lose the World Cup Final, and they beat us in the semi-final. We expect a very tough game on Saturday afternoon."

– Neil Jenkins

Warburton faces fitness test

Wales captain Sam Warburton will have a fitness test this afternoon, as he races to be fit for their Grand Slam decider against France on Saturday. The flanker injured his knee in the first half against England two weeks ago, and missed Wales' win against Italy this weekend.

Forwards coach Robin McBryde says the prospects of Warburton playing are "very favourable". 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.

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


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  • Warburton likely to be fit

    Wales have no new injury worries ahead of Saturday's Six Nations finale against France, although captain Sam Warburton is still a doubt.