Howley wants bold Wales
Rob Howley has urged Wales to be "disciplined and bold" when they target a victory over France on Saturday that could see them crowned RBS 6 Nations champions.
Even if Wales win at Stade de France - a ground where they have triumphed on three previous occasions - their vastly inferior points difference to tournament favourites England's is likely to cost them any realistic hope of silverware.
"We have to be disciplined and bold in Paris - we have to play," said Wales assistant coach and backs specialist Howley. "It is a huge game for both sides, us in terms of the championship and France because they will be hugely disappointed with their defeat against Italy last weekend."
He added: "France allow you to play, and the tackle area will be as crucial as ever. We have to take the opportunity to play, and it will be about taking chances.
"We want to keep the ball in hand, but it is about confidence. It is about making decisions at the right moment, whether to kick, run or pass.
"We are going there to win. We have won three on the bounce, we know France's strengths and they will want to come out and play the best game of their lives. We have to be ready for that."
Howley, meanwhile, hopes that Shane Williams will change his mind and abandon plans to retire from Test rugby after this year's World Cup.
Williams has been ruled of the France clash due to a knee injury, and if the 79 times-capped Ospreys wing carries out his intention to quit the international arena in October, then he has already made a Six Nations exit.
"We will miss Shane's creativity in Paris - his ability to turn defenders inside out and make something out of nothing are priceless assets," said Howley
"I have been talking to Shane in the last couple of weeks, and I hope that he has not played his last game in the Six Nations. He has got the World Cup and the summer games coming up, and from all the physical data we are getting from him in training - his speed, the first five and 10 metres time - he is one of our quickest backs, if not the quickest.