Ken Owens believes that experience is a key factor behind Wales' successful big-game mentality. The Six Nations champions tackle World Cup quarter-final opponents France in Oita on Sunday.

It will be Wales' third successive last-eight appearance under head coach Warren Gatland, while they have beaten France in seven of the last eight meetings.

If they reach the semi-finals, then an appointment with South Africa could loom, and they have lost five out of six against Wales since 2014.

Throw in a 14-game unbeaten run between March 2018 and this summer, that included defeating Australia, winning two games in Argentina and toppling Ireland to claim a Six Nations Grand Slam, and Wales regularly get it right in high-stakes matches.

Ken Owens during a training session at Oita Stadium. Credit: PA Images

I think it is the confidence we have got in each other. Everybody is pretty comfortable with their role in the squad, both on and off the field. We have had a good continuity in the squad over the last two years, which helps galvanise us.

Ken Owens, Wales hooker

Gatland will name his team for the quarter-final on Friday, with centre Jonathan Davies, wing George North and fly-half Dan Biggar all likely to feature after recovering from recent knocks.

And Wales will start as favourites, especially given recent history between the countries.