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Wales face France for space in World Cup semi-finals – radio & textual inform – BBC Sport

Wales face France for space in World Cup semi-finals – radio & textual inform – BBC Sport

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  1. Are trying – Wales 0-10 France

    Charles Ollivon

  2. ‘That is the French strength’

    Wales 0-5 France

    Tom Shanklin

    Historical Wales worldwide on BBC Radio 5 Live

    That is the French strength is now not it – the pack, the driving line out. What a unit Vahaamahina is – picks up, goes low, pumps the legs and that’s what the French are – a tremendous, tremendous pack, and Wales appropriate talented them possession.

  3. Are trying – Wales 0-5 France

    Sebastien Vahaamahina

    Jacques Brunel hoists a fist aloft within the French coaches box.

    His crew accept attain to play this day. The fabricate of urgency and intensity that has been severely absent from France’s marketing campaign up to now is there in spades.

    2d row Sebastien Vahaamahina barges over from shut differ after a shoved maul locations him internal a metre.

    Romain Ntamack misses the conversion that wants to be a formality.

    France strive

    Copyright: AFP

  4. ‘A glimpse of what the French can attain’

    Wales 0-0 France

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    A glimpse of the French and what they are able to attain off uncomfortable kicking from the Welsh. Earn the ball into the seats of the stands – attain now not give the likes of Ntamack, Fickou, Huget a possibility. That is a message they’ve got to accept across to the Welsh crew – accept that exit appropriate.

  5. Submit change

    Wales 0-0 France

    Wales live on by the pores and skin of their enamel. And the brilliance of Justin Tipuric.

    The flanker secures a turnover as Damian Penaud threatens to head over.

  6. Submit change

    Wales 0-0 France

    Scrappy passage of play in midfield. Romain Ntamack’s chip is half of charged down, but Yoann Huget hacks on and Wales are in trouble…

    George North scurries encourage to obvious up within the shadow of his occupy posts.

  7. Submit change

    Wales 0-0 France

    Dan Biggar items Maxime Medard – he of JPR sideburns – his first aerial test as Wales whisk down about a cul-de-sacs and lose about a of that initial plug-ahead.

    The kick is overcooked though. Or the scurry is under-manned. Either system it’s miles a delighted purchase for Medard, who calls the impress and hoofs up in the direction of halfway.

  8. Wales are true now on the front foot as France number eight Gregory Alldritt spills the kick-off.

    Ball and momentum appropriate out of doors the blue 22m…

    Dan Biggar

    Copyright: AFP

  9. Submit change

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Is there are a nightclub that plays La Marseillaise as its closing song of the night time?

    There wants to be.

    Are you able to imagine averting to your chips and night time bus with that tune ringing to your ears. That you might perhaps presumably whisk home as an various.

    Appropriate, Kick off subsequent.

    French rugby followers

    Copyright: epa

  10. ‘I’m going for a intention!’

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I’m losing self assurance with Jonathan Davies out… I’m going for a intention!

  11. Pensive Gatland takes all of it in

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales at Oita Stadium

    Warren Gatland repeatedly cuts moderately a pensive figure ahead of a match, quietly wandering around the pitch in his suit while his players buckle down and do their warm-up exercises.

    He seldom speaks, as an various letting his assistants space up the drills and interesting the players to lead the crew talks themselves.

    This might perhaps occasionally seemingly presumably presumably even be the closing time Gatland takes his thoughtful stroll ahead of a tremendous Wales sport.

    The Fresh Zealander will step down as head coach on the tip of the World Cup and, while you test him now, you accept the influence he is savouring each closing 2d of his closing marketing campaign.

    Warren Gatland

    Copyright: Reuters

  12. ‘Now or never for Wales’

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Tom Shanklin

    Historical Wales worldwide on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I’m getting frightened! We concept 2011 became once the suitable probability the Wales crew became once going to accept to accept to a World Cup closing and presumably capture it. You glimpse at what Warren Gatland has executed with this crew and also you’re thinking that – it’s now or never.

  13. Teams within the tunnel

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Alun Wyn Jones has the blinkers on. The Wales captain strides to brink of the tunnel without even a sideways encounter at opposite number Guilhem Guirado.

    Huge swathes of red dwell up for them within the stands in Oita.

    Right here attain the drums. And here attain the teams…

  14. Submit change

  15. The crew on the encourage of the crew

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Wales backroom personnel

    Copyright: Huw Evans Image Agency

    At the encourage of each crew at this World Cup there are a legion of backroom personnel making definite that when the 23 players within the matchday squad press stud to sod, they’ve the suitable attainable probability of a success.

    This week BBC Sport Wales met the ladies and males people within the background of Wales’ World Cup tilt.

    Including the inimitable Paul ‘Bobby’ Stridgeon.

    Video inform

    Video caption: Paul Stridgeon the master linguist
  16. Toughen from across the divide

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

  17. ‘The Welsh desire to be favourites’

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Maxime Medard

    Copyright: Getty Photography

    What’s French for ‘rope-a-dope’?

    Fleshy-encourage Maxime Medard has been talking up the opposition’s probabilities ahead of this quarter-closing.

    “If we grasp now not elevate our level, the Welsh are going to breeze all over the set up us,” he acknowledged.

    “The Welsh desire to be favourites. The crew has been one among the suitable on this planet for quite loads of years.”

    However grasp on. What’s that this?

    “We’re instinct players. In relation to consistency, we’re clearly now not the suitable. However for a really very long time, the French XV, French players, accept confirmed they are able to competing with any individual in a single match, of surpassing ourselves,” he added.

    Ding-ding! Cliche bingo winner!

  18. ‘That you might perhaps now not underestimate France’

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Tom Shanklin

    Historical Wales worldwide on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Jacques Brunel

    Copyright: Getty Photography

    There repeatedly appears to be like to be factors with the French crew, whoever they or the coaches are, but they’re a high quality crew and also it’s seemingly you’ll presumably perhaps well presumably now not underestimate them. They are going to carry it bodily for the principle 20-25 minutes, there’s absolute self assurance about that. Having a encounter at them now it’s seemingly you’ll presumably perhaps well presumably understand a considered dimension difference, severely within the packs. They’ve got some big items. Whether they are able to closing the stout 80 or now not, we will understand.

  19. ‘France accept a tremendous array of talent’

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Matt Dawson

    England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 Live


    Copyright: Getty

    You might perhaps presumably perhaps’t fracture out the real fact that this French facet accept a tremendous array of talent in some unspecified time in the future of their crew. Is it the true time for them, for these players? Doubtlessly now not – but they are going to be unsafe. They’ve the flexibility to catch from absolutely wherever and accept the vitality up front.

    With somewhat of disharmony, infrequently there’s saved somewhat of hazard.

  20. Onsen, garments off

    Wales v France (08: 15 BST)

    Hadleigh Parkes

    Copyright: Getty Photography

    Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes has been describing how he and his crew-mates had been embracing Jap tradition and losing their garments.

    “The onsens seem just like the tremendous enchantment in Oita and nearby Beppu, where we had been staying for the Fiji sport,” he writes in his most up-to-date BBC Wales Sport column..

    “The tremendous difference between these hot springs and people it’s seemingly you’ll presumably perhaps well understand in hundreds of locations on this planet is that Jap convention dictates that, in most onsens, you accept got to be naked.

    “The boys began off within the onsens with their shorts on, then they got the total style down to their budgie smugglers and now each person’s within the nude.”


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