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Clerc's wary of the Welsh

FRANCE wing Vincent Clerc believes Wales will pose a huge threat to Les Bleus' World Cup ambitions when the Six Nations rivals battle it out on Saturday.

Clerc and company have made the semi-finals for a third successive tournament, having lost to England in 2003 and 2007, while Wales are already guaranteed their best World Cup finish since placing third 24 years ago.

While recent form should make France slight favourites, Toulouse star Clerc expects a ferocious test in Auckland.

"The Welsh team has had some great matches in this tournament," he said.

"We must not rest on our laurels. We know what it is like to be knocked out, and it made it more disappointing that we were eliminated in France last time.

"As a squad we are very motivated. We have been given an opportunity and we need to make the most of it."