Six Nations 2021: Italy v Wales preview, crew information & key stats

Josh Adams scored a hat-trick when Wales beat Italy 42-0 in final 300 and sixty 5 days’s Six International locations
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Date: Saturday, 13 March Kick-off: 14: 15 GMT
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Wales will full a Six International locations Immense Slam – their second in three years – within the occasion that they beat Italy on Saturday and France the subsequent weekend.

Victory in the direction of England secured Wales their fifth Six International locations Triple Crown – and on each of the outdated occasions they’ve sealed the Immense Slam.

Wayne Pivac’s aspect had been scientific in assault and resolute in defence and delivery as overwhelming favourites.

Italy’s loss to Ireland prolonged their winless bustle to 30 Six International locations matches.

The Azzurri fill conceded 139 capabilities and 19 tries of their three video video games this 300 and sixty 5 days.

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Wales scrum-half of Kieran Hardy injured his hamstring in the direction of England, and will get changed by Scarlets colleague Gareth Davies in Rome.

The completely different swap to the Welsh beginning up line-up sees lock Cory Hill change Adam Beard, who’s rested.

Lloyd Williams and Jake Ball had been named as replacements, with the latter in rivalry to amass his fiftieth cap.

Italy welcome again scrum-half of Stephen Varney, who become additionally chosen to delivery in the direction of Ireland however withdrew after being injured within the pre-match warmth-up.

The best various alteration to the again line sees circulation Mattia Bellini change Luca Sperandio, who’s dominated out by a head injure.

There are three changes within the pack, with lock Niccolo Cannone and props Danilo Fischetti and Giosue Zilocchi all beginning up, that methodology Marco Lazzaroni, Andrea Lovotti and Marco Riccioni plunge to the bench.

There are additionally recollects for Oliviero Fabiani, Marcello Violi and Edoardo Padovani, who’re named amongst the replacements.

Wales lead the Six International locations standings from France, whose sport at dwelling to Scotland become postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak of their camp

Commentator’s notes

Sara Orchard: It’s far unthinkable Wales will lose to the Italians, who had been convincingly overwhelmed in basically essentially the most essential three rounds and proceed to gasoline the Six International locations relegation debate.

Arguably the outcome might be most life like doable judged by Wales’ defence and self-discipline, with tries aplenty already assured within the Rome sunshine.

Watch from each camps

Italy head coach Franco Smith: “We’re meeting our blueprint to provide a possess to our performances, to transform an rising type of aggressive match after match.

“Every week collectively, crew and gamers, we work laborious to amass.”

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: “There are two essential video video games to switch, and it’s far prepared getting outcomes.

“Produce not search information from us to be throwing it round willy-nilly. Now we fill acquired a job to assemble, and we now fill acquired to amass on prime of this Italian aspect sooner than you check out any of that type of razzle-dazzle.”

Line-ups

Italy: 15-Jacopo Trulla, 14-Mattia Bellini, 13-Juan Ignacio Brex, 12-Carlo Canna, 11-Montanna Ioane, 10-Paolo Garbisi, 9-Stephen Varney; 1-Danilo Fischetti, 2-Luca Bigi (captain), 3-Giosue Zilocchi, 4-Niccolo Cannone, 5-David Sisi, 6-Sebastian Negri, 7-Johan Meyer, 8-Michele Lamaro

Replacements: 16-Oliviero Fabiani, 17-Andrea Lovotti, 18-Marco Riccioni, 19-Marco Lazzaroni, 20-Maxime Mbanda, 21-Marcello Violi, 22-Federico Mori, 23-Edoardo Padovani

Wales: 15-Liam Williams, 14-Louis Rees-Zammit, 13-George North, 12-Jonathan Davies. 11-Josh Adams, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Gareth Davies; 1-Wyn Jones, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Tomas Francis, 4-Cory Hill, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6-Josh Navidi, 7-Justin Tipuric, 8-Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: 16-Elliot Dee, 17-Rhys Carre, 18-Leon Brown, 19-Jake Ball, 20-Aaron Wainwright, 21-Lloyd Williams, 22-Callum Sheedy, 23-Uilisi Halaholo

Match information

Head-to-head

  • Wales fill gained 26 of the 29 all-time conferences, shedding two and drawing one.
  • The Welsh fill gained the final 15 conferences.
  • A sixteenth consecutive victory would checklist Wales’ longest profitable bustle in the direction of a selected opponent, overtaking a bustle of 15 straight victories versus France from 1908-1927.

Italy

  • The Italians’ final Six International locations possess got here away to Scotland in 2015.
  • They’ve misplaced 19 successive dwelling matches within the Six International locations since beating Ireland 22-15 in 2013.
  • Franco Smith’s aspect fill conceded 41 penalties on this 300 and sixty 5 days’s Six International locations, a joint extreme with England, together with 9 on the scrum – which is at least 4 greater than any various aspect.
  • The Azzurri fill made 15 line breaks at this 300 and sixty 5 days’s Championship – handiest Wales, with 13, fill fewer.

Wales

  • Wales fill gained 5 of their final six matches, shedding the various.
  • Alternatively, they’ve misplaced six of their final seven away video video games, ending a six-match shedding hump after they beat Scotland 25-24 final month.
  • The Welsh are the best aspect however to salvage a yellow or purple card on this 300 and sixty 5 days’s Championship, and fill lengthy gone 14 Six International locations matches with out the type of punishment.
  • They final had gamers sin binned within the Six International locations in the direction of Italy in 2018, when Liam Williams and Gareth Davies had been each yellow carded.

Match officers

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Contact judges: Pascal Gauzere (France) & Christophe Ridley (England)

TMO: Tom Foley (England)

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