Wales v France
Welsh playing for international future
ESPN Staff
February 20, 2014
Wales' Sam Warburton and Warren Gatland field questions from the press, Cardiff, February 19, 2014
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton face the press © Getty Images

Warren Gatland has handed his players a stark warning saying if they do not perform on Friday against France, it could be the last time they play for Wales.

Wales were on the wrong end of a 26-3 hammering from Ireland in the last round of the tournament and Gatland has called for his players to bounce back against France. He has made three changes to the side with Mike Phillips dropped and George North shifted to the centres and he has told his players he will not tolerate a repeat of their performance in Dublin.

Gatland said: "I think when we look back, there were a number of players who had not played a lot of rugby, and that probably was a reflection of us not being as sharp as we were and a couple of performances were not to the level we expect.

"We've had a couple of conversations with a couple of players and said their performance was not good enough and not what we expected, and they are aware of that.

"Hopefully they will respond, because it is important now for us in terms of not just this competition, but for a lot of those players they've got to start thinking about the next 12 months and you start thinking about the World Cup, and if they don't play well on Friday night it could be the last time they will play for Wales."

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