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France v Wales Six Nations Rugby Betting Odds and Preview

Who will have the mettle to bounce back after poor defeats?

7th February 2013 / Lee A Jackson
Rugby France Wales

France v Wales Six Nations rugby betting could well produce a high scoring game. After both sides lost their championship openers last weekend, some resilience is going to need to be shown. France, for the second consecutive time in the Six Nations on Italian soil, surprisingly lost against wooden spoon candidates Italy. Again, it has to be said that they deservedly lost as they couldn’t hold concentration and couldn’t raise their levels of competition against Italy when it mattered most. The French had looked comfortable at one stage, going 18-13 ten minutes into the second half. But Les Bleus just could not shake the plucky Italians off their tails. Once Italy’s Martin Castrogiovanni ran in a try to put Italy back in front, backed up by a Kris Burton drop goal, all it took was for Italy to dig in defensively. That they did with some aplomb, throwing bodies on the line to keep the pressuring French at bay. So where next for France, who enjoyed a very solid summer and autumn, including demolishing Australia?

France v Wales Six Nations Rugby Odds at online bookmaker Blue Square
France 2/7, Wales 11/4, Draw 20/1

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has called for their “spirit, enthusiasm and spontaneity” to come back. They have named Thierry Dusautoir as captain for the big clash in Paris. With a good recent record there against the Welsh, the French will go as favourites. But Wales also need to prove themselves a lot. They were hammered in the first half of their opener in Cardiff against Ireland. Defensively they just weren’t at the races and they were punished by Ireland who had the clear edge in all departments. The Welsh blitz defence has been criticised but it is actually a strength of their when they get it right. It has to be right against France who have the ball handlers and pace to get wide of the Welsh defence and punish them. It was against France that Wales clinched the Grand Slam at the end of the 2012 Six Nations, but that was in Cardiff. The Welsh haven’t won in France in their last three visits there.

In the France v Wales head to head, things are close, with France having won 43 and Wales 44 of their 90 meetings. The points average between the two sides when they meet is just a 0.09 in favour of Wales. France average 14.59 points per game against Wales and the Welsh average 14.68 points per game against the French.

Therefore there is great value in the France v Wales handicap market at online bookmaker Blue Square, when the bookie has handed a -8 handicap to France for a price of 4/5, and a price of Evens on a +8 for Wales.

There is a great France v Wales rugby betting money back special to enjoy at Blue Square. If a forward scores the first try in the match, then the bookie will refund all losing First Try Scorer bets with a maximum refund of £50 per customer. You can also get your hands on a free £25 bet for your Six Nations rugby betting with online bookmaker Blue Square. The bookie, popular for their handicaps on rugby markets, will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet up to the maximum value of £25.

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