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First Minister lauds Grand Slam effort

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, hailed the maturity of his country's youthful national team after they secured an RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam.

A 16-9 victory over France in Cardiff earned Wales their third Grand Slam in eight championships and consolidated their development as a side following their run to the World Cup semi-finals last year.

Jones said in a statement: "Today, we witnessed the arrival of a new generation of Welsh rugby heroes - a group of players who have equalled the success of those great Welsh teams of the past."

He added: "The pressure was entirely on Wales to perform today and they won in style. This match - more than any other in this year's Six Nations tournament - showed just how mature this young team really is.

"In the space of just five months, they have reached the World Cup semi-final and won the Grand Slam. Today, Welsh rugby moved up a significant notch. We are now without doubt the predominant rugby team in the northern hemisphere.

"My congratulations go to the players, to (head coach) Warren Gatland and the coaching staff for what they've achieved for our country today. They have made Wales proud."

Wing Alex Cuthbert scored the only try of the match at the Millennium Stadium, with Leigh Halfpenny adding three penalties and a conversion for Wales.

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