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Wales captain Sam Warburton sets sight on Six Nations title

Captain Sam Warburton has underlined Wales' desire to land another RBS 6 Nations title.

Wales will go top of the championship if they beat Principality Stadium visitors France on Friday night, setting up a potential title showdown with England at Twickenham 15 days later.

Wales have won three Six Nations crowns and two Grand Slams since Warren Gatland became head coach eight years ago, in addition to reaching a Rugby World Cup semifinal.

"There are a lot of comparisons with past teams," Wales skipper Warburton said. "But with the group of players we've got, we came in and won two Six Nations (2012 and 2013).

"I don't think we really appreciated back then just how hard it was to win a championship.

"We definitely want to get another title under our belt, and we've still got a great chance to do that this year.

"We have all been working particularly hard to try to get the title back in Wales. Even though we had a good couple of years going back three or four years ago, we've realised how it is very difficult to win a Six Nations."

Gatland has made three changes for the France clash, with wing Alex Cuthbert replacing his Cardiff Blues colleague Tom James, Wasps lock Bradley Davies replacing an injured Luke Charteris and Ospreys blindside flanker Dan Lydiate reclaiming the No.6 shirt and Warburton switching to his more familiar openside role.

Assessing Cuthbert's recall, Gatland said: "We just feel it's an opportunity for Alex. We don't think he is far away from coming back into some form and confidence.

"With Tom at the moment, we just feel it's an opportunity for him to get back and play some more stuff for the Blues. There is a big step up from regional rugby into international rugby.

"With the injury he had which kept him out of the World Cup squad, he's been managed back at the Blues, so he knows himself he is down on sharpness and a bit of conditioning, so it's an opportunity for him to keep working to hopefully get back to that.

"Bradley has been training really well, and he's done well when he's come on.

"Luke has been ruled out with injury, so the plan is for him to get back and fit and in contention, and then we will look at it from when he becomes available.

"But we are very lucky at the moment. There are five or six locks available to us who are really experienced and can do a good job. We are pretty well blessed there.

"And it is just a chance for that loose-forward trio [Lydiate, Warburton and Taulupe Faletau] to get back together, and an opportunity for Sam to play back at seven. I thought when he went to openside in the last 10-15 minutes against Scotland, there was an opportunity for him to get in the game.

"I think it's been quite tough on the two guys on the flank [Warburton and Justin Tipuric] with Sam playing at six and being a little bit out of position.

"The way the first two games have gone, it's been difficult for Justin to get involved defensively as teams are just using nine all the time and just playing one-off. That's quite hard to play against, and to combat as well.

"So we have spoken to Justin about the game potentially loosening up in the last 25-30 minutes, and that being an opportunity for him to express himself a bit more than he has had the chance to do in the first couple of games."