5 talking points ahead of Wales’ Six Nations clash with France

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Wales and France meet in a key Guinness Six Nations encounter at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

Here, the PA news agency assesses some main talking points ahead of the game.

Can Wales unlock a Shaun Edwards-inspired French defence?

England v Wales – 2016 RBS Six Nations – Twickenham Stadium
Shaun Edwards has switched from Wales to France (David Davies/PA)

The scrums should be lively

Ireland v Wales – Guinness Six Nations – Aviva Stadium
Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony celebrates as his side win a penalty following a collapsed scrum during the Six Nations in Dublin (Donall Farmer/PA)

Will it be more away-day misery for France in Cardiff?

France might be on the trail of a possible first Six Nations title since 2010, but their recent away form against Wales is poor. Les Bleus’ last Cardiff victory came 10 years ago, when the likes of Thierry Dusautoir, Yannick Jauzion and Clement Poitrenaud helped inspire a Grand Slam campaign. Their record in Paris is not much better either, and Wales have won eight of the last nine meetings, which includes a World Cup quarter-final triumph in Japan four months ago. Galthie’s team are off and running following victories over England and Italy at Stade de France, but how they fare on the road is likely to define their campaign.

Can George North’s star shine again?

Wales v Italy – Guinness Six Nations – Principality Stadium
George North will hope to impress against France (David Davies/PA)

Home sweet home for Wales?

Wales’ recent Six Nations home record is something to behold, having gone unbeaten in the tournament at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium since England toppled them in February 2017. England repeated their feat of two years earlier that day, and it is 2013 since any other rival – Ireland – prevailed on Welsh soil in Six Nations action. Victory over France would make it eight successive Six Nations home wins, while also keeping Wales firmly in title contention. It will be a true test for a new-look Les Bleus team that has yet to be examined away from Paris.

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