Italy travel to Wales for their final Six Nations match of 2022 and the team will be seeking their first victory in the tournament since 2015.
Kieran Crowley’s men have developed well in the competition, but it will be a difficult feat to achieve victory at Principality Stadium. His performance against Scotland last Saturday was impressive, with debutant Ange Capuozzo scoring two attempts off the bench, but it was still a defeat.
Crowley has spoken about how proud he was of his team, saying: “The really nice thing is that we had periods where we were trying to play from an attacking perspective and hopefully that can carry us forward from a confidence standpoint. .
“Hopefully we can take advantage of our next game against Wales, then during the summer and autumn internationals. So when we get to the Six Nations next year, we’ll have players who have all that experience from another eight or nine Test matches under their belt.”
Here’s everything you need to know before the game:
When is Wales vs Italy?
The match will begin at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Principality Stadium.
How can I watch?
The match will be broadcast on BBC One with coverage starting at 1:45 pm Fans can also stream the game on BBC iPlayer.
What’s the team news?
Wales have made seven changes since the starting team that lost to France. At forwards Dewi Lake, Alun Wyn Jones and Dillon Lewis get the nod early on, while at the back Johnny McNicholl, Louis Rees-Zammit, Uilisi Halaholo and Gareth Davies enter the wing.
Despite Jones’ return, Biggar will continue his captaincy duties.
For Italy, Kieran Crowley has made two changes to his starting XV since his match against Scotland. Full back Ange Capuozzo gets his first start after an impressive debut last weekend where he scored two tries off the bench and Federico Ruzza starts ahead of Niccolo Cannone,
Welsh: Johnny McNicholl; Louis Rees-Zammit, Owen Watkin, Uilisi Halaholo, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar (captain), Gareth Davies; Gareth Thomas, Dewi Lake, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Seb Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Wyn Jones, Leon Brown, Will Rowlands, Ross Moriarty, Kieran Hardy, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins.
Italy: Ange Capuozzo; Edoardo Padovani, Juan Ignacio Brex, Leonardo Marin, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Callum Braley; Danilo Fischetti, Giacomo Nicotera, Pietro Ceccarelli, Marco Fuser, Federico Ruzza, Giovanni Pettinelli, Michele Lamaro (captain), Toa Halafihi.
Replacements: Luca Bigi, Cherif Traore, Tiziano Pasquali, David Sisi, Niccolò Cannone, Braam Steyn, Alessandro Fusco, Marco Zanon.
Wales – 1/200
Tie – 55/1
Italy – 30/1
Italy have progressed well throughout the tournament and put in a good performance against Scotland last weekend. However, Wales will be able to pull victory out of the bag and leave the visitors waiting longer for their first Six Nations win since 2015. Wales 35-15 Italy.