Six Nations: Matthew Rees predicts French 'bully' tactics

Six Nations: Wales v France

Venue:
Millennium Stadium
Date:
Sat, 17th March
Kick-off:
1445 GMT
Coverage:
Watch live on BBC One & HD and online from 1430 GMT; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles

Matthew Rees believes France will attempt to "bully" and "irritate" Wales in the Grand Slam clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Wales have it all to play for - a Six Nations title and a Grand Slam - while France have nothing to play for but pride.

"They are definitely going to try to come here and bully us," said Rees.

Former captain Rees, who will win his 50th cap against France, has returned to the starting line-up after injury.

"The pressure is on us, we are at home, and France will probably want to come here and spoil the party," said Rees.

"We have to make sure we deliver on the day. They have picked a front-five to try to irritate us and see how we respond to that."

Meanwhile, lock Alun Wyn Jones believes he will always be haunted by the memory of 14-man Wales' agonising 2011 World Cup defeat against France in New Zealand.

Wales Skipper Sam Warburton was shown the red card for a tip tackle on wing Vincent Clerc.

France travel to the Welsh capital only five months after they ended Wales' World Cup dream with a 9-8 semi-final victory in Eden Park, Auckland. Ospreys lock Jones is among 11 survivors of the Wales starting line-up from the semi-final in New Zealand.

"In all honesty, I think it is something you will never forget, the disappointment of that game," Jones said.

"But if you feature in the international set-up I suppose you can chip away at the angst of losing.

"I am not going to say revenge, that is a bit cliched. It is a different tournament now, and a different trophy at stake."

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has talked Wales up as "big favourites" to land the Slam and to exact revenge for the defeat in Auckland.

"They are very confident and the big favourites for the Grand Slam," said Saint-Andre.

"I've been very disappointed with our last couple of games.

"I am unhappy because it's not enough, but there is no pressure on us, the pressure is all on Wales.

"It is more important for Wales to win than France."

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