Non Evans: Wales women have a really good chance in France

By Non EvansFormer Wales full-back
Wales' Laurie Harries in action against Scotland
Wales beat Scotland 39-3 in thier second match of the 2015 Six Nations
RBS Six Nations 2015: France women v Wales women
Venue: Stade Sapiac, Montauban Date: Friday, 27 February Kick-off: 19:55 GMT
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The only Wales team unbeaten in the 2015 Six Nations are the women's side. A 13–0 win over 2014 World Cup winners England was followed by a 39–3 victory in Scotland. Now they face France - a team they have never beaten away in the competition - in a match streamed live on on Friday night.

There is a real confidence in the Welsh camp ahead of the game in France.

I was with the squad at their training base this week and spoke with all the girls. Instead of looking at the other teams, what's different this year is that they are focusing on themselves.

Although they had a disappointing World Cup last summer I think the campaign really saw them gelling as a squad.

While other nations have had retirements or players going off to play sevens after the World Cup, Wales have probably been the least-disrupted side.

It's a very young side. They were the youngest team at the World Cup and they are still the youngest side in the Six Nations.

I was out in France commenting on the opening game of the World Cup between the two nations in August 2014 and for the first half hour to 40 minutes Wales were all over France.

Unfortunately an interception try changed the game and France ran away with the game in the second half.

Wales lost 26-0 to France at the 2014 Women's World Cup
Wales lost 26-0 to France at the 2014 Women's World Cup

If Wales can play like they did in that first half in Marcoussis then they've got a really good chance this weekend, but it's always tough playing out in France, especially with a very noisy crowd behind them.

France have lost one of their most experienced players, lock Manon Andre, who has been banned following an incident during her side's win over Ireland.

She is a real key player in that French pack and will be a big loss for France but a gain for Wales and if we can get that parity up front then I think we can do well.

Shona Powell Hughes, who had an outstanding game in the win over England, comes back in at number 8 after being rested for the Scotland game because of a shoulder injury. It's the same pack that started against England.

Among the backs, Gemma Rowland is a little bit unlucky to miss out but it's great that we have got strength in depth.

The current campaign is nearly a carbon copy of 2009, when I was involved in the squad and we played at the same ground in Montauban near Toulouse.

We had already beaten England, Scotland and Italy and were on course for the Grand Slam. But unfortunately we lost to France on what was a beautiful sunny day.

Apart from a win in the European Championship, we have never beaten France away in the Five or Six Nations. If we managed to beat them on Friday night it would be a massive win and give Wales a really good chance of winning the championship.

A lot rests on Friday night's game.

Non Evans was talking to BBC Wales Sport's Aled Williams