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Ryan Jones celebrating Wales' Triple Crown in 2008
Ryan Jones celebrating Wales' Triple Crown in 2008

Pause. Take time to reflect. Set your sights on a higher goal.

No-one could begrudge Warren Gatland and his Wales heroes some leisurely downtime this weekend - or rebuke them for adjusting their Six Nations ambitions upwards.

If talk of a Grand Slam seemed somewhat fanciful before this year's tournament, it should not do now after such a flourishing start to the campaign.

And if you believe that history truly tends to repeat itself from time to time, consider the fact that in 2008 Wales beat Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in the second match of the series before a weekend off. A few short weeks later, Ryan Jones was holding the trophy aloft, Grand Slam duly delivered.

Before getting too ahead of themselves, though, the immediate aim is to do something no Wales side has ever achieved - secure the Triple Crown on English soil.

Since landing the first one back in 1893 Wales have won 19 Triple Crowns, but have never achieved the feat at Twickenham.

So as well as reviewing Wales' super start to the tournament, Sport Wales looks ahead to examine their chances of doing a rare lap of honour at English rugby's HQ on 25 February.

Eddie Butler is in the company of that old English bulldog, Brian Moore, who gives his verdict on the headline-grabbing feats of George North, Sam Warburton, Leigh Halfpenny and company as well as an England side still seeking redemption after their woeful World Cup.

Michael Chopra
Michael Chopra talks to Sport Wales about his gambling addiction

While Wales have played with a fair degree of flair in the opening two games of this year's Six Nations, England have been little more than functional in grinding out wins over Scotland and Italy.

As Cardiff City countdown to another landmark afternoon in their history, the Carling Cup final at Wembley on 26 February, we hear from a former goal-scoring idol whose biggest battles have been away from the pitch recently.

Earlier in the season Michael Chopra, whose second spell in South Wales ended last summer following Cardiff's failure to go up via the play-offs, checked into the Sporting Chance clinic to help treat a gambling addiction that he reckons cost him as much as £2m.

Now he is back scoring goals for current club Ipswich Town who host the Bluebirds at Portman Road on Saturday. Lisa Rogers hears Chopra's compelling personal story, as well as his verdict on Cardiff's current squad and their chances of promotion this time round.

We are also in Blackburn to throw the spotlight on a potential future Wales star who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. But will Adam Henley - a 17-year-old full-back who has been thrown into the maelstrom of Rovers' fight against relegation from the Premier League this season - stick with his adopted country or opt for the land of his birth, USA?

Wales have been here before - most famously with Owen Hargreaves - with dual-qualified youngsters turning out for Wales at youth team level before switching allegiances to England or other countries promising them a better chance of tournament football.

As well as the teenager himself, we hear from his Wales Under-21 manager Brian Flynn on a player Wales have high hopes for.

On the subject of high hopes, we also catch up with Welsh track cycling star Geraint Thomas as he bikes ever closer to London 2012. Our cameras are at the Olympic Velodrome, East London as Thomas competes in the finals of the World Cup series.

Not just a competition in itself, but a test event for the venue where Thomas hopes to pedal to Olympic gold in just a few short months.

Watch Sport Wales, Friday, 17 February, BBC Two Wales, 2100 GMT

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