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Wales keen to harness 'hostile' Cardiff atmosphere against France, says Jake Ball

France should expect an intimidating atmosphere in Cardiff on Saturday against a Wales side intent on pressurising their inexperienced side.

Les Bleus are unbeaten in the tournament so far after wins against England and Italy at home.

But the Welsh have not lost to France in their capital since 2010 - and not to anyone since 2017 - so warned Fabien Galthie's youngsters they are in for a tough test.

France's inexperienced line-up face a tough assignment against Wales in Cardiff

Wales lock Jake Ball has insisted the 'hostile' atmosphere can be used to their advantage

Lock Jake Ball said: 'It's a great place to play but it can be pretty hostile as well and we can use that to our advantage.

'They've had two home games, two wins, but this is there first away game, so it's opportunity for us to put them under pressure.

'When you're on the field you don't tend to hear the crowd a massive amount.

'Sometimes in those key moments of the game, when there might be a stoppage in play, maybe a penalty kick to the corner, you do hear it and you do feel that energy. There's no doubt that is an advantage.

Fabien Galthie's youngsters have won both of their opening matches of the 2020 Six Nations

'You take massive pride from playing at home. Every time you pull on the shirt you feel proud and you know what it's like when you lose a game, you don't to leave the house, it's a horrible feeling. 

'So just that feeling you have of winning and of the pleasure you take from it, is a massive part of why I play the game.' 

Wales only lost back-to-back Six Nations games three times under Warren Gatland, so with new man Wayne Pivac in charge they hope to show similar resilience after their loss to Ireland.

'The core of the squad is the same, there haven't been that many changes in there,' added Ball.

'So we're all dying to get a great win on the weekend and are training like it as well. We've had a really good day today and we will be pumped up for France on the weekend.'

Wales were beaten in Dublin against Ireland and are keen to return to winning ways at home