Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Warren Gatland makes 10 changes to Wales team for Italy clash

Warren Gatland makes 10 changes to Wales team for Italy clash

Jonathan Davies will captain Wales for the first time after the centre was named as skipper by coach Warren Gatland for Saturday's Six Nations match away to Italy in Rome. Wing George North was able to score two of the five tries that Wales got.

Victory for Wales at the Stadio Olimpico would make it 11 successive wins and equal their all-time unbeaten record set between 1907 and 1910.

He also gave credit to Italy, who he said made it hard for his team to find their rhythm in attack.

"We have made a number of changes this weekend but have picked what we think is a very exciting team that still has huge experience throughout it", Gatland said.

WALES - L Williams; J Holmes, J Davies (capt), O Watkin, J Adams; D Biggar, A Davies; N Smith, E Dee, S Lee; J Ball, A Beard; A Wainwright, T Young, J Navidi.

Italy's two tries came from Braam Steyn and Edoardo Padovani.

You're not always brilliant and we weren't today.

We didn't really get out of jail. We weren't as accurate as we could (be).

That won't matter to them, though, after starting the championship with two wins away from home before returning to Cardiff to face title rivals England in two weeks.


We didn't play as well as we would have liked and part of that was probably due to us not having the continuity that we would have had if we hadn't made so many changes.

"It is a great opportunity for Jon (Davies) as captain".

"I thought the back row were excellent", said Gatland.

"We came to a hard place to play rugby, ' Wales" Jonathan Davies said after the game. Hopefully, we'll go under the radar, have two good weeks of training and get ourselves mentally and physically right.

Of the two wins Italy have recorded over Wales, both have come in Rome, in 2003 and 2007.

"So there will definitely be no lack of motivation in trying to beat England and break that record".

Thomas Young was good, particularly in the first half.

Such is the confidence running through the veins of the Welsh camp, their head coach proudly proclaimed his players had "forgotten how to lose" after their dramatic second-half revival against France last Friday. It wasn't a great performance, but sometimes you have to win ugly.

Scotland was disappointed not to have capitalized on a promising first half, with only a Greig Laidlaw penalty to show for its efforts after the break as handling errors constantly undermined some typically exuberant attacking play. "Ireland took their opportunities". "We're not going to blame him, though".

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