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Six Nations statistics: Wales eye Grand Slam

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Gethin Jenkins has urged Wales to "drive it home" on Saturday and sweep the Six Nations honours board for a third time in eight seasons.

And if Triple Crown holders Wales make it a case of mission accomplished, Jenkins would achieve arguably the most coveted hat-trick in Welsh sport - three Grand Slams. Jenkins, along with current colleagues Adam Jones and Ryan Jones, was part of Wales' 2005 and 2008 Grand Slam successes.

"In 2005, probably because we hadn't won it for so long, it was just that little bit more of an occasion than in 2008," Wales prop Jenkins said.

"Not taking anything away from 2008, but the whole atmosphere of 2005 was that much different because nobody had been there for 27 years since Wales last won the Grand Slam.

"In 2008, we had new coaches that had just come in and we weren't really expected to do anything in that tournament.

"But we just gradually built the momentum, and we were really confident we were going to win the final game [against France].

"We've been favourites in the last two games we have played this season, and it is not often you can say about a Wales team, not when I have been involved, anyway.

"In the past, we haven't been favourites, we've come under the radar to win those Grand Slams, although I don't think I would ever say we were favourites against France."

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