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English tie won't define us: Faletau

Wales 23 France 27

Taulupe Faletau says that a win against England at Twickenham would not define Wales' Guinness Six Nations campaign.

The reigning Six Nations champions head to English rugby headquarters on a salvage mission. Defeats against Ireland and France have left hopes of a successful title defence in tatters.

Wales have not lost three games in a row during one Six Nations season since 2007, when they defeated England in Cardiff to avoid a whitewash.

A 27-23 defeat against France on Saturday was their first on home soil in the tournament for three years, while it also ended a seven-game unbeaten Six Nations run at the Principality.

While France edged closer towards a Grand Slam, Wales and their new head coach Wayne Pivac are left to regroup ahead of facing England on March 7.

Wales No.8 Faletau said: "A win over England isn't going to define our Championship - as a group of players we are better than that.

"Winning the Championship would have been good, but that is probably too far-fetched now.

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"It (French defeat) was a disappointing result for us. There were key moments in the game when momentum swung different ways."

Belfast Telegraph


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