Jenkins expects French flair

Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins is expecting France to put on a show under the Friday night lights at Principality Stadium.

Guy Noves' side come to Cardiff on Friday, February 26, as both sides aim to continue their unbeaten start to the RBS Six Nations. Wales claimed a hard-fought 27-23 triumph over Scotland to kickstart their campaign, while France out-muscled Ireland at the Stade de France.

But Wales' record points scorer Jenkins reckons France will throw the ball around when they arrive next week.

He said: "The French look like they are looking to play more rugby. With their full-back Maxime Medard and the presence on wings, they will look to play a wide and expansive game. In terms of France's set piece as well, they will be good up-front and have big ball carriers across backline.

"Sure they are trying to find an identity and find their feet, but they look like they want to enjoy the game. They will bring a big threat to us a week on Friday."

Warren Gatland's men put themselves back in the Six Nations mix with their three-try triumph over Scotland, after an opening round draw at Ireland.

Wales were beaten in their first game of the 2013 tournament, but went onto claim four successive victories to lift the trophy at the Principality Stadium. And Jenkins reckons things will only get better for the men in red as the title race gathers pace.

He said: "History says that we get better as the tournament goes on. You can't underestimate the impact of a six-day turnaround. In amongst everything else on Saturday was an excellent win, we got the job done. We have this week and next week to prepare – and we do get better, hopefully we will be in good shape for France."

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