Six Nations: What have Wales really got to play for against France?

Pride is the goal as Wales look to seal second place

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by Tom Pritchard

YES, the result of the game between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium will not have any impact on who wins the Six Nations.

Both sides have an identical record heading into the game, Warren Gatland and Jacques Brunel’s men have both won two of their four games.

Ireland sealed the championship with victory over Scotland last Saturday, and they head to Twickenham looking to claim a first Grand Slam since 2009.

However, there is something for both Wales and Les Blues to play for.

If Ireland beat England tomorrow, and Wales secure victory, they will be guaranteed to finish second in a campaign where they haven’t been at their best.

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Revenge is also on the table for Wales. They suffered a controversial defeat in the 100th minute in last season’s game at the Stade de France, when France prop Rabah Slimani was allowed to return to the field following a head injury assessment to Uini Atonio.

Slimani, one of the world’s strongest scrummagers returned, and France went on to score a try from a dominant scrum.

Wales have the chance to finish the tournament on a high, and provide their supporters with hope after what has been an up and down campaign.

George, a Welsh rugby fan, said: “Second place, that’s all they’ve got to play for really. Pride as well. They lost last year in the 100th minute so it would be good to get one over them tomorrow.”

The opportunity to finish against England will be a factor for Wales, after their narrow defeat to Eddie Jones’ side at Twickenham in round two.

We must not forget that it is an international game. Each player will be representing their country tomorrow. They should not need any more motivation.

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