Preview: Wales Women vs France Women

France head to Wales on Friday night looking to secure a Grand Slam and wrap up a phenomenal campaign at Parc Eirias.

France head to Wales on Friday night looking to secure a Grand Slam and wrap up a phenomenal campaign at Parc Eirias.

After narrowly beating England 18-17 last week, the Les Bleues just need a win in Wales and England will be unable to catch them.   For team news click here


Jessy Trémoulière: The French full-back put on an outstanding display last week with two tries to edge past England.

In front of a record crowd in Grenoble, the French flyer was unphased by the pressure and in the last minute the ball was spread wide and Trémoulière secured her side the victory.

She now has four tries in this year’s campaign and looks set to add to her tally against Wales.

Sioned Harries: The Welsh No8. cantered across the line against Ireland and doubled her strike rate against Italy as she forced herself over from close range.

A strong ball carrier who creates space for team mates, the back rower will look to cause problems in the French defence.   2018 CHAMPIONSHIP SO FAR

France’s try at the death last week against England, crushed the 2017 Grand Slam winners chance of repeating this feat again this year.   Les Bleues have controlled the majority of their fixtures, with commanding wins over Scotland, Ireland and Italy, putting over 20 points past each.   Wales struggled in the early rounds with losses to Italy and Ireland, yet put on a ferocious display against Scotland to claim a one-point victory, 18-17.   A French win here would guarantee the Grand Slam, but a Wales upset could push the Welsh into fourth as they’re currently tied on five points with Italy and Scotland.   CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

France last lifted the trophy in 2016 when their captain and hooker Gaelle Mignot helped inspire her side to both a match and Championship win scoring two tries with a 17-12 score line against England.

Success this year would be their first Grand Slam since 2014 while they also won three in four years between 2002 and 2005.

Wales finished in fifth position last year after a hard-fought match up with France in the final round, scoring three tries to the French’s five in a 39-19 thriller.

They have not managed to finish inside the top three since a second-placed finish back in 2009.