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dudeabides 10-08-2011 01:18 PM

RWC: France v Wales


Wales meet France for the first time ever at a Rugby World Cup in Auckland on Saturday as both sides look to reach the final.

Despite facing each other 88 times since 1908, the two nations have never been thrown together in a Rugby World Cup. And history gives little indication of how the game might turn out. Of the 88 matches between the nations, France have won 42 while Wales have won 43 with three draws. Wales' superior record owes much to their 15-match winning streak in the first games played between the nations.

However recent form suggests that France may have a psychological edge having beaten Warren Gatland's men in their last three meeting, six of their last seven encounters and nine in their last eleven. Wales' only victory over Les Bleus in the past six years came at the Millennium Stadium in March 2008. On that day Shane Williams and his namesake Martin both crossed for tries while James Hook kicked three penalties and Stephen Jones landed two penalties and two conversions in a 29-12 win.

Possibly Wales' most famous victory over France came during the 2005 Six Nations when Martyn Williams inspired a second-half comeback with two tries as Wales went on to win 24-18 in Paris, and later claimed the Grand Slam. The last meeting between the two sides came in this year's Six Nations when two tries from Lionel Nallet helped France to a 28-9 win in the Stade de France.

Wales v France

All-time record: Played 88; Wales won 43, France won 42, Draw 3

Biggest winning margins: Wal:42 (47-5, Colombes, 1909); Fra: 51 (51-0,Wembley, 1998)

Highest score: Wal:49 (49-14, Swansea, 1910); Fra: 51 (51-0,Wembley, 1998)

Most tries: Wal: 11 (47-5, Colombes, 1909); Fra: 7 (51-0,Wembley,1998)

Most points (individual): Wal: 152 Neil Jenkins; Fra: 53 Christophe Lamaison

Most tries (individual): Wal: 7 Reggie Gibbs; Fra: 6 Serge Blanco and Emile Ntamack

Previous World Cup meetings: None

K R Y 10-09-2011 06:18 AM

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1,959,513 on Wales. Our game to win or lose. France may start strong, but our defence is near invincible right now. We'll defend, and break them in the later stages while getting a few breaking tries in the process. I expect the final 20 minutes to be Wales finest hour, France will be wheezing by the end of it whilst Wales could play another 80.

First time Wales haven't been the underdogs in god knows how long.

Killz 10-11-2011 07:28 AM

I dont like Rugby, never have, never will.

But, 100k on Wales.

Nefilim777 10-13-2011 06:05 PM

I can't call this. I think all the momentum is with Wales. They've been playing marvelous rugby, so physical and clever while running great lines. Then again, it depends what France team turns up. I think they've been poor at best so far but when they start chucking the ball around without a care in the world, as we've seen them do, then I think they can beat anyone in the world. However I'm just not sure if that French team will show up.

Nefilim777 10-13-2011 06:06 PM

Sorry I just actually read the odds, have to take France as under dogs. Sorry Kry boyo, that's no reflection on my respect for Wales.

dudeabides 10-15-2011 05:45 AM

Sorry Kry, nice bet by Nefilim though:

Wales 8 - 9 France

UFC_OWNS 10-15-2011 05:47 AM

BS win by those cheating french I can't wait til we destroy them again in another final I know who Kry is going for next week in the final.

Nefilim777 10-15-2011 05:47 AM

Pity for Wales, France were terrible.

Nefilim777 10-15-2011 05:48 AM


Originally Posted by UFC_OWNS (Post 1487504)
BS win by those cheating french I can't wait til we destroy them again in another final I know who Kry is going for next week in the final.

Well I hope to god you beat the Kiwis tomorrow.

UFC_OWNS 10-15-2011 05:51 AM


Originally Posted by Nefilim777 (Post 1487506)
Well I hope to god you beat the Kiwis tomorrow.

Yeah I don't want a repeat of 1987, wales really deserved it if damn preistland played they would have won with 14, warbuton should not have even been pen alised let alone redcarded with 62 mins left

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