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Wales wait on Warburton news

Wales coach Warren Gatland was set to reveal on Thursday whether captain Sam Warburton will be fit for his team's RBS 6 Nations title and Grand Slam bid.

Warburton has been battling to overcome a knee injury that sidelined him for last weekend's victory over Italy. Prop Gethin Jenkins took over as skipper, while highly-rated Ospreys forward Justin Tipuric packed down at openside flanker alongside back-row colleagues Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau.

If Warburton is passed fit - and the Wales camp have given positive indications all week - then his return in place of Tipuric is likely to be Gatland's solitary switch.

A win for Wales against France at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday would give them a third Six Nations crown and Grand Slam in eight seasons, and the second of Gatland's four-year reign.

And it will be a red-letter day for one member of the Wales front row even before kick-off, with hooker Matthew Rees poised to win his 50th cap.

The feat comes after a demoralising chapter in Rees' career that saw him miss last autumn's World Cup campaign due to a neck injury that required surgery.

"I felt sorry for Matthew the way it all happened to him before the World Cup," Jenkins said.

"I remember at our pre-World Cup training camp in Poland he couldn't sleep at night because of his injury. He was rolling around in his bed, he was in so much pain.

"I was glad he had the operation in the end and he has come back really strongly. It is nice to see him back in the starting line-up.

"Someone sent me a picture the other day of us playing together for Treorchy, so it shows how long we have been around, but I think I have definitely aged better!"

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