Taking a break from the excitement over at Murrayfield, the build up continues in Rome as Italy play host to Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.
Wales, remember, did not exactly burst out of the blocks when it came to their opening Six Nations match last Friday, before that stirring second-half comeback in Paris followed. After spending a few days recovering down in in the sun in Nice, Warren Gatland’s men are now in Italy, opting for 10 changes to the side, centre Jonathan Davies named as captain for the first time.
Italy meanwhile are licking their wounds from their defeat to Scotland but there were still positives to take from Murrayfield. They’ve made the two changes for this one with Wasps back Michele Campagnaro switching from wing to centre. Wing Edoardo Padovani starts with centre Tommaso Castello dropping out of the starting side.
Italy: 15-Jayden Hayward, 14-Edoardo Padovani, 13-Michele Campagnaro, 12-Luca Morisi, 11-Angelo Esposito, 10-Tommaso Allan, 9-Guglielmo Palazzani, 1-Nicola Quaglio, 2-Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3-Simone Ferrari, 4-David Sisi, 5-Dean Budd, 6-Sebastian Negri, 7-Braam Steyn, 8-Sergio Parisse
Replacements: 16-Luca Bigi, 17-Cherif Traore, 18-Tizano Pasquali, 19-Federico Ruzza, 20-Marco Barbini, 21-Edoardo Gori, 22-Ian McKinley, 23-Tommaso Benvenuti
Wales: 15-Liam Williams, 14-Jonah Holmes, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Owen Watkin, 11-Josh Adams, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Aled Davies, 1-Nicky Smith, 2-Elliot Dee, 3-Samson Lee, 4-Jake Ball, 5-Adam Beard, 6-Aaron Wainwright, 7-Thomas Young, 8-Josh Navidi
Replacements: 16-Ryan Elias, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Alun Wyn Jones, 20-Ross Moriarty, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Gareth Anscombe, 23-Hallam Amos
Referee: Mathieu Raynal