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Webb and Charteris could feature in last Wales Six Nations game

Scrum half Rhys Webb and second row forward Luke Charteris could still feature for Wales in this weekend's final game of the 2014 Six Nations despite picking up injuries before and during Sunday's 29-18 defeat to England.

Charteris was forced to withdraw from the match day squad for Twickenham despite being named to in the starting XV after picking up a neck injury during the squads final preparations.

Rhys Webb offloading the ball against France Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/

Webb, brought into the side for his second consecutive start in place of long-time number 9 Mike Phillips, limped out of the defeat to England with an ankle problem, the initial diagnosis of which had indicated Webb would face a period of recovery.

Both though are undergoing treatment and will have their fitness determined ahead of Warren Gatland naming his side to face Scotland at the Millennium Stadium this weekend on Thursday.

Leigh Halfpenny however faces an extended period on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in the closing stages of Sunday's defeat at Twickenham.

Robin Mcbryde: 'We have to embrace this occasion'

Robin McBryde (centre) in his playing days Credit: PA

Forwards coach Robin McBryde insists Wales will embrace tomorrow's match at Twickenham, after declaring, 'the hottest fires forge the toughest steel'.

England, presumably still reeling from their 30-3 defeat in Cardiff last year, have been revealed as the favourites to win against Wales, in the all-important 6 Nations showdown.

McBryde says he fears the backlash of beating Stuart Lancaster's men at the Millennium Stadium, but knows the psychological impact victory would have, ahead of their meeting in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

He said,

"England are a better team than last year and any bad experience, as long as you learn from it, can be turned into a big positive. That result in Cardiff could work against us.

We have to embrace this occasion because it won't get any easier at the World Cup.

It's a game of rugby and a game we all love because of the attritional side of it. It's not touch it's not football.

When the whistle goes it's 15 versus 15. We have experience and hopefully we can bring that to bear. Hopefully it will be a good advert for the Six Nations."


Gatland: 'All to play for' in England clash

Warren Gatland says he is expecting a 'great game' against England on Sunday. The Wales team to face England was announced a few moments ago.

Gatland named his team to take on England moments ago Credit: PA

Gatland said: "It's great to have both Jon and Alun Wyn back and available and they come into a very experienced side.

"We were happy with the response and performance against France but we know we will have to raise it another level on Sunday.

"We are really looking forward to going up to Twickenham, England have performed well so far and it's set up to be a great game with all to play for."

Wales team announced for England clash

The Wales team to face England has been announced.

Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts , George North, Rhys Priestland, Rhys Webb, Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (CAPT), Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Rhodri Jones, Jake Ball, Justin Tipuric, Mike Phillips, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams.

Team announcement due for Wales' clash with England

Warren Gatland is due to make the announcement at 11am Credit: PA

Wales' Head Coach Warren Gatland will name his team to face England in the Six Nations later.

The chosen squad will travel to Twickenham for Sunday's show-down, with both sides in with a chance of the Six Nations Championship.

They'll be hoping for a repeat performance of their last Six Nations clash against France which saw them win 27-6.

Gatland: Players 'redeemed themselves' in France win

Warren Gatland has hailed his Wales players' performance against France in the Millennium Stadium, after the reigning Six Nations champions beat France 27-6.

The win came after a disappointing 26-3 defeat to Ireland in Dublin two weeks ago.

"Even though there was a lot of criticism out there and people calling for wholesale changes, I'm a great believer in sometimes giving players the chance to redeem themselves and I think that's definitely what happened," said Gatland.

Meanwhile Wales Backs coach Shaun Edwards, said: "I think that's four games we've not conceded a try against them (France) and I think a lot of it's down to fear."

Edwards also paid tribute to the work Forwards coach Robin McBryde has done on Wales' maul.

In the post match press conference, McBryde said: "We got our house in order, basically, and they came back strong.

"I think it was a lesson against Ireland, you can't rely on reputation alone. The character of who you are, that's really the most important thing."


Six Nations: Wales 27 - 6 France

Sam Warburton stretches out to score a try Credit: PA

Tries in each half by centre George North and captain Sam Warburton gave Wales a record Six Nations victory over France and put their bid for an unprecedented title hat-trick firmly back on track.

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked 17 points, and all France could muster were penalties from half-backs Jean-Marc Doussain and Jules Plisson as their Grand Slam hopes were destroyed.

Les Bleus also saw forwards Nicolas Mas and Louis Picamoles sin-binned during the second period as Wales bounced back emphatically from their heavy defeat to Ireland last time out.

Six Nations: Wales 20-6 France

George North scores a try Credit: PA

Wales' six nations match against France has got off to a good start.

They stormed eight points clear inside six minutes through a Leigh Halfpenny penalty and a George North try.

Halfpenny opened the scoring through a 48-metre strike, before Wales attacked from deep via Halfpenny and wing Liam Williams before North capitalised on defensive hesitancy between France full-back Brice Dulin and scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain to pounce for the touchdown.

Halfpenny missed the conversion attempt, but he quickly made amends by landing another long-range penalty and Wales could reflect on a dream start, leading 11-0 after just nine minutes.

France looked as though they had cut the deficit when wing Yoann Huget danced his way over Wales' line, but play was called back following a knock-on by Les Bleus skipper Pascal Pape as he tackled Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland, and the home side escaped.

It was a breathless opening, but France needed to establish a foothold in the game, and they opened their account through a Doussain penalty.

Jenkins: 'We need to step-up' ahead of French clash

Jenkins says the players were "upset" with their performance against Ireland. Credit: PA

Gethin Jenkins is eager to prove the doubters wrong when Wales take on France at the Millennium Stadium tonight.

Wales - the reigning Six Nations champions - suffered a comprehensive defeat to Ireland 13 days ago to leave their title hopes in the balance ahead of the visit by the undefeated French.

This week's build-up has been dominated by Wales coach Warren Gatland delivering a no-nonsense reminder to his players about the standards required.

Scrum-half Mike Phillips has been axed in favour of Rhys Webb and Jenkins is in no doubt that the experienced men in the dressing room need to step up.

Cardiff Blues prop Jenkins said, "There are a lot of words being said, but we just need to get out there and perform now. There are a lot of boys upset with the way we performed (against Ireland) and we know we can do better.

"We (the senior men) are the ones leading the team, we are the ones who drive the standards, who drive training, and when things go wrong the pressure comes on to us because we are the ones leading it. You wouldn't have it any other way.

"We've obviously had a good look at ourselves, and this week has been about building again. We are still in the tournament, and we have still got to aim for four out of five wins."

North will "cause havoc" in his position against France say team mate. Credit: PA

Webb for Phillips apart, Gatland has also recalled fit-again lock Luke Charteris, while 37 times-capped wing George North makes his first start as a Test centre. North's battle opposite French midfield powerhouse Mathieu Bastareaud promises to have a major bearing on Friday's outcome.

North is backed to make his mark by regular wing partner Alex Cuthbert who says,"I think he is going to cause havoc at 13.

"A lot of people have been writing us off this week, but we've been concentrating on ourselves and nothing outside."

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