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Dupont urges France to keep cool ahead of Grand Slam chase

France captain Antoine Dupont has warned against complacency as Les Bleus try to secure a first Guinness Six Nations title in 12 years.

France are the only unbeaten side left in the 2022 Championship and are two wins from the Grand Slam, with a trip to Wales and home game against England left on their schedule.

After a professional performance in a 37-10 Round 1 win against Italy, France have been supreme – beating both Ireland and Scotland with a bonus point.

The second rest week gives France a chance to take stock ahead of the final push, just as it did two years ago when they were in a similar position.

But their 2020 charge fell apart in Round 4 when they lost to Scotland and Dupont is eager to avoid a repeat this year.

“We’re very satisfied with this victory because it’s very difficult to win at BT Murrayfield, but we still have two matches to play and we have to remain cautious,” he said.

“We haven’t won the tournament for 12 years and we have to aim for that.

“But we have to make sure we are not complacent. We have to be rigorous.”

France might be the only unbeaten team as we head into March but Dupont and co know the Championship is far from sealed.

Next they face defending champions Wales and, to make it harder for France, the match will take place under the Friday night lights at Principality Stadium in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere.

“In international rugby, what is important is to win matches,” said France head coach Fabien Galthie

“We have to win and each victory is one more brick that we put on the wall that we’re trying to build.

“However, losses allow us to learn a lot and what we experienced here two years ago helped us a lot today.”

For more information please visit the official website of the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship, featuring England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales at https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/

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