McBryde: Welsh pack turned up

Wales coach Robbie McBryde was full of praise for his forwards after Friday night's ruthless 27-6 win over France at the Millennium Stadium.

The Welsh pack was criticised for their performance in the 26-3 defeat in Ireland earlier in the month, but put themselves firmly back in the chase for Six Nations glory with a dominant display against Les Bleus.

McBryde said: "Only they can answer the criticisms that were pointed their way last week. They came back strongly, and I think it was a lesson against Ireland that you can't rely on reputation alone.

"The character of who you are is the most important thing, and to a man they showed plenty of character.

"The mini units worked - the front-row, the back-row, the two locks. All things considered, it is a step in the right direction, and I am sure it will make them hungry for a bit more in two weeks' time."

Wales' next fixture is a potentially Championship-deciding trip to face England at Twickenham on March 9.