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Ever wondered how busy Cardiff Central Station gets on game day?

Have you ever wondered how busy Cardiff Central Station gets on a match day?

Well take a look at this video captured by Arriva Trains Wales.

The company has released the footage ahead of this weekend's game between Wales and France.

Here's also some facts you probably didn't know about travelling to Cardiff on a match day:

  • If you’re travelling to Cardiff by train to see Wales face France in the Six Nations you’ll be one of more than 40,000 fans with the same idea! When Wales beat Scotland on February 13th, 42,688 rugby fans descended on the capital.
  • The highest figure for a Welsh rugby fixture was recorded as just over 46,000!
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  • The popularity in train travel for match days has almost trebled in recent years. In 1999 Central Station would handle around 10,000 fans. Today, more than 40,000 fans typically travel to Cardiff by train.
  • Arriva Trains Wales arrange for more than 130 members of staff to assist on match days. This number is made up from an additional 50 staff, mainly volunteers, who complement the work done by the operational teams.
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Luke Charteris ruled out as side for France clash is announced

The Lock has been ruled out with a knee injury Credit: PA Images

Luke Charteris has been ruled out of the Wales team ahead of the next Six Nation's match with France after a knee injury.

With him out, room has been made for Bradley Davies to start in Friday night's clash.

He'll be joined by Alex Cuthbert, Dan Lydiate in the starting XV as Wales look to continue their unbeaten run in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.

The WRU confirmed the roof of the Principality Stadium will be closed for the match.

RBS 6 Nations championship to be launched

Wales celebrate after victory over England. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

This year's RBS 6 Nations Championship will be launched today with representatives of Wales, England, France, Ireland Scotland and Italy in London for the event.

Wales kick-off their tournament with a tricky trip to Ireland on Sunday.

On Saturday France face Italy and Scotland are at home to England.

Wales have won the tournament 4 times, the same as England, but one less than France. The last time Wales secured the Championship was is 2013.

This year ITV will be showing matches live as well as the BBC.

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Police investigate alleged homophobic tweet to ref Owens

South Wales Police says an alleged homophobic tweet sent to Welsh referee Nigel Owens is being investigated.

Owens, 43, took charge of the final game of the Six Nations yesterday afternoon, between England and France at Twickenham.

England won 55-35, but came up short in their bid to win the tournament on points difference.

Nigel Owens is the first openly gay man to referee at the highest level. Credit: PA

The Twitter account where the alleged homophobic comment came from has now been deleted - but South Wales Police tweeted to thank other users for reporting it, and said "the matter is being investigated."

Owens tweeted this morning to describe his pleasure at refereeing the match.

Last year, two fans were banned from Twickenham after an investigation into homophobic abuse aimed at Nigel Owens.

Gatland: Wales have 'no fear' over tough World Cup pool

Warren Gatland says Wales have "no fear" heading into the World Cup, after they missed out on the Six Nations title on points difference.

Despite scoring a remarkable 47 points in the second half as they claimed a record win against Italy, Wales were pipped by Ireland, who claimed their second championship in a row.

England also overtook Wales on points difference on a dramatic final day of the tournament.

Warren Gatland says he was 'proud' of his side's performance on the final day of the Six Nations. Credit: PA

Attention now turns to the World Cup in the autumn, where Wales face England and Australia in an extremely tough pool.

Gatland is set to announce a World Cup training squad in early June, then an intense build-up will feature training camps in Switzerland, Qatar and Poland, plus warm-up Tests against RBS 6 Nations champions Ireland and Italy.

We won't be going into the World Cup with any fears of not qualifying from our group. There is no fear about playing England at Twickenham or Australia as well, because we know we will be in good shape as long as everyone stays fit and clear of injuries. We can go there with some real confidence and belief that we can get out of our group.

– Warren Gatland

Wales lose out on Six Nations title after Ireland beat Scotland

Wales have missed out on claiming the 2015 Six Nations title after Ireland beat Scotland 40-10 at Murrayfield.

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It was all to play for after Wales managed an impressive 61-20 victory over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

Wales' triumph meant the Irish needed at least a 21-point win to keep hold of their crown and captain Paul O'Connell wasted little time, bulldozing over for a fourth-minute try.

Sean O'Brien touched down either side of half time, and Jared Payne also scored, with Finn Russell replying for Scotland.

England must now beat France by 26 points at Twickenham to deny Ireland successive Six Nations titles.

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