Wales have not won the Six Nations Championship since 2013 - but they head into this year's tournament on a high as major title contenders.

While Ireland dominated the autumn headlines through their stunning victory over world champions New Zealand, Wales largely went under the radar.

In completing a first clean sweep of autumn victories, though, they extended their unbeaten run to nine Test matches.

Warren Gatland's men are undefeated since losing to reigning Grand Slam champions Ireland in last season's Six Nations, since when they have toppled South Africa (twice), Argentina (twice), Australia, Scotland, France, Italy and Tonga.

And as Gatland heads into his final Six Nations tournament as Wales boss - he steps down after the World Cup later this year - he has every reason to be upbeat about chances of silverware.

Wales kick off their campaign against France in Paris, returning to the scene of a controversial defeat two years ago that ended with almost 20 minutes' added time and during which Les Bleus scored a match-winning try.

But Ireland and England both have to visit Cardiff, with Wales' Principality Stadium clash against the Irish on March 16 already being billed in some quarters as a potential title decider.

Our form has been strong since that loss over in Ireland. The wins away from home against Argentina (in June) were confidence-building and gave us momentum which we carried on through the autumn.

Shaun Edwards, Wales Assistant Coach

}Gatland's 39-man squad is minus British and Irish Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau, who has broken his arm for a second time this season, but otherwise contains almost all the players involved during a successful autumn campaign.

And while the tournament could see a delayed entry for full-back Leigh Halfpenny, who is recovering from concussion, Wales' strength in depth is probably more evident now than at any time during Gatland's 12-year reign.