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We won't underestimate France - Jenkins

Skills coach Neil Jenkins says Wales will not be underestimating France when they go in search of a third RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in eight seasons on Saturday.

Last weekend's 24-3 victory over Italy in Cardiff has set Wales up for another clean sweep, and they will meet a France side who have seen their own title hopes ended by two poor home performances.

"We are under no illusions as to what is ahead of us on Saturday," said Jenkins.

Having won their opening two games France were on course to make the Millennium Stadium clash a winner-takes-all Grand Slam showdown, but a draw with Ireland in Paris followed by England's Stade de France success on Sunday has left them out of the championship picture.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has responded by making six changes to his squad as Julien Pierre, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Dimitri Yachvili, Alexis Palisson, Florian Fritz and Jean-Marcellin Buttin have all been called up.

But Wales have a poor record against the French, losing 11 of the last 14 meetings between the sides, including the heartbreaking World Cup semi-final reverse in Auckland in October. And Jenkins says there is no way Wales will be taking their opponents lightly.

He said: "We are playing a side who we have not beaten since 2008, they are a very good side and were very unlucky not to win the World Cup final.

"They beat us in the semi-final and as I have said we haven't beaten them since the last time we won the slam in 2008. They are a fantastic side with some great players and that defeat on Sunday will have hurt them more, and they will want to prove a lot of people wrong.

"He (Saint-Andre) has left a few players out, some sides do that in terms of losing games, sometimes France more than anyone else, but they have huge strength in depth and some of the players coming in are very impressive.

"Any side they put out will be a good side and they will be wanting to come to Cardiff and win on Saturday."


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