Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

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But Wales finally found some attacking fluency, capitalising on Aled Davies's break and working it left through the hands of Jonathan Davies and Liam Williams for Adams to score.

Wales equaled its all-time record for consecutive wins after overcoming a plucky Italy 26-15 in Six Nations rugby on Saturday.

Regular captain Alun Wyn Jones is on the bench.

Edoardo Padovani starts on the wing for Italy in one of two changes.

And it was Italy who scored the first points of the second 40, with kicker Tommaso Allan boosting Italy's tally to 10 from the tee.

Elsewhere, centre Owen Watkin, flyhalf Dan Biggar, lock Jake Ball and hooker Elliot Dee are all included, with Navidi moving from blindside flank to No 8.

Replacements: R Elias (Scarlets), W Jones (Scarlets), D Lewis (Cardiff Blues), A W Jones (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Dragons), G Davies (Scarlets), G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), H Amos (Dragons).

"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.

"We have made a similar number of changes to what we did previous year, but it is all about opportunity for these players. We wanted to give everyone in the 31 (man squad) an opportunity to be involved in the first two games".

Stand-in captain Jonathan Davies was frustrated. He has a huge amount of experience, is a great leader and it is a great honour for him to lead his country.

For the same match previous year, Wales made 10 changes and gave the captaincy for the first time to Taulupe Faletau and they won at home by a convincing 38-14.

Italy extended its own record streak with a 19th straight defeat in the Six Nations since 2015. They triumphed 23-20 in 2007 and 30-22 in 2003.

Italy play Ireland in the Stadio Olimpico on February 24.

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.

They have conceded 751 points, an average of 42 per game, during that run.

"We want to win the war but have lost another battle today". Italy scored a second try, too, but it wasn't enough to prevent Wales from an 11th successive victory, tying the Welsh record set 109 years ago. What are the betting odds looking like for Italy Vs Wales, Six Nations 2019?

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