Italy 17-29 Wales LIVE! Six Nations 2023 result, match stream, reaction after Rome battle

Italy vs Wales LIVE!

Six Nations round four opened at the Stadio Olimpico this afternoon. A troubled Welsh side headed to Rome desperate to avoid another galling defeat that, with a trip to Paris to come on the final weekend, would surely have left them holding the dreaded wooden spoon for the first time in 20 years.

It had been an utterly miserable tournament for Wales so far despite the return of the messiah Warren Gatland as head coach, opening with three successive defeats to make their worst start since 2007 against a backdrop of an ongoing rugby crisis in the country. However, they delivered a much-improved performance on Saturday, notching four tries in total in a morale-boosting 29-17 triumph.

The Azzurri’s shock last-gasp win in Cardiff 12 months ago ended their 36-match Six Nations losing streak that dated back to 2015 and provided a platform for real growth. However, their wait for a first home victory in the competition will now stretch into an 11th year as they are set to finish bottom of the pile once again, despite a spirited second-half display. Follow Italy vs Wales reaction live below!

Italy vs Wales latest news

  • Kick-off time: 2.15pm GMT, Stadio Olimpico

  • How to watch: ITV

  • Italy line-up as Allan replaces Capuozzo

  • Wales line-up as Gatland makes six changes

England vs France up next

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Italy 17-29 Wales

A much, much-needed bonus-point win for Wales - their first victory of this year’s Six Nations and first since the return of Warren Gatland after such a difficult period both on and off the pitch.

They leapfrog Italy up to fifth in the table, with the Azzurri’s long wait for a first Six Nations home win since 2013 set to stretch into another year.

With only resurgent Scotland now to come at Murrayfield, the wooden spoon is likely theirs once again.


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78 mins: Rhys Webb is named as the official man of the match - fully deserved.

A brilliant performance on his first Six Nations start for six years.

Big smiles on the Welsh bench. He went off 25 minutes ago!

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77 mins: Wales needed a big push from that scrum just in front of their own line to allieviate the pressure and set the seal on this bonus-point win.

And they get it.

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75 mins: Italy are throwing everything at this after the five-metre scrum.

But none of the three Italians queuing up can take in Fusco’s whipped pass from the ruck and yet another chance goes begging. Sums up their day.

Wales now with the put-in at the scrum in front of their own line.

Watch: Brex try gives Italy late hope

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73 mins: Suddenly Wales are looking a bit nervy, falling off of tackles as Brex leads another Italian break.

They don’t get the try, but do have another penalty.

Welsh captain Ken Owens is now back on for a bloodied Scott Baldwin.

Davies also on for Jenkins.

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71 mins: Key turnover for Italy after Rees-Zammit’s break, but Dyer can’t get up in support fast enough.

A quick lineout over the top and the Azzurri try to burst their way through once more.

Liam Williams was the man to go off for George North, by the way.

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70 mins: Handling errors from Italy at the worst possible time.

They need to sharpen that up, and quickly.

TRY! Italy 17-29 Wales | Ignacio Brex 68'

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68 mins: Superb running angles from Italy as Bruno slices through and then provides an excellent offload for Brex to go over.

The conversion is quickly added! Italy reduce the deficit to 12 points with just over 10 minutes to play.

Have they got enough time for a fightback?

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66 mins: Italy earn a penalty which they drill into touch deep in the 22, but Bigi’s throw is stolen by Justin Tipuric.

Just not good enough.

But at the breakdown, Italy get another whistle and have the put-in at the scrum.

Can they take advantage of fantastic attacking platform to make a game of this?

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65 mins: Hawkins and Fusco rolling around on the floor there as tempers flare.

It’s eventually defused and both teams get a warning.

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64 mins: A decent break from Fusco, punishing an overly eager Hawkins.

But he can’t pick out a support runner and Italy eventually aim a diagonal grubber down the right flank that bobbles into touch.

George North is going to enter the fray for Wales.

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62 mins: That’s a nasty collision in the air involving Liam Williams and Fusco.

Both only appeared to have eyes for the ball, however. Williams initially got up but is now back down again.

Lamaro wants him punished, but the referee isn’t interested.

“He was never going to get the ball,” complains the Italy skipper.

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60 mins: Italy are trying to make things happen as you might expect trailing 19 points with just 20 minutes to go, but the penalty count is mounting.

A huge shove at the scrum from Wales, who duly get the penalty. Lamaro bitterly complaining to the referee once again, particularly about those abrasive Welsh celebrations.

Edoardo Iachizzi and Luca Morisi replace Niccolo Cannone and Menoncello.

For Wales, Tommy Reffell is on for Jac Morgan in the back row.

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58 mins: A maul turnover from Wales with great work from Adam Beard.

Still plenty of huffing and puffing from Italy, but they just aren’t executing.

Gatland’s side have been dramatically improved in nearly every facet this afternoon.

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56 mins: Italy bring on Alessandro Fusco at scrum-half, in place of Varney.

Bruno back on now with the Azzurri back up to 15 players.

Watch: Faletau seals Wales bonus point after Webb break

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54 mins: Not much flow to this game at the moment with Italian errors and a raft of replacements from both sides.

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52 mins: Two changes in the Italian pack now as hooker Luca Bigi and Manuel Zuliani replace Nicotera and Negri.

A huge ovation from the travelling Welsh fans for Rhys Webb as he’s replaced by Tomos Williams.

What a performance on his first Six Nations start since 2017.

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51 mins: Louis Rees-Zammit is on for Wales, having celebrated that fourth try down on the touchline. Adams off.

In the front row, Dillon Lewis is on for Tomas Francis.

A pass just goes into touch as Wales pile on more attacking pressure in search of a fifth score, confidence suddenly flowing after such a difficult period on and off the pitch.

TRY! Italy 10-29 Wales | Taulupe Faletau 49'

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49 mins: That could be the dagger blow from Wales!

It’s a trademark break from the excellent Rhys Webb, who streaks clear and tees up Faletau for the simplest of scores.

Bonus point in the bag, with Owen Williams adding the extras.

Wales ahead by 19 now as they take full advantage of their extra man.


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48 mins: Adams tries to chip down the right wing this time, but it’s charged down by Garbisi, who appears to have sustained a dead leg in the process.

Wales end up with a penalty which Owen Williams kicks into touch, with the visitors hoping to make their numerical advantage count here with another rolling maul.

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47 mins: Stellar last-ditch defending from Italian scrum-half Varney to thwart Josh Adams at the last second after Wales had sprung the dangerous wing free down the right flank.

A vital intervention to prevent the bonus-point try for Wales.

A change in the Welsh front row as Gareth Thomas replaces Wyn Jones.

Watch: Negri touches down first Italian try

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Yellow card - Pierre Bruno (Italy)

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46 mins: Bruno is a whisker away from a red, but it’s eventually downgraded to just yellow. He’s a lucky boy.

The Zebre wing follows Lorenzo Cannone as the second Italian player to be cautioned this afternoon.

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45 mins: Pierre Bruno is in trouble for Italy here as he looks to brush away Wyn Jones while pushing forward, but his elbow goes into the throat.

This could be a red card and likely curtains for Italy’s comeback attempts.

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45 mins: Suddenly Wales are on the ropes here, with Italy getting so much joy out wide.

Luckily on that occasion Faletau and Hawkins do just enough defensively to thwart their latest pacey attack.

TRY! Italy 10-22 Wales | Sebastian Negri 43'

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43 mins: There we go!

Italy finally take their chance after a superb break through the middle from Menoncello.

They get quick ball and Allan darts a brilliant kick through - he’s blocked off, but big flanker Negri charges through to collect and score.

Allan then steps up to add a simple conversion. Italy are right back in this!

Dreadful defence from Wales to start the second half.

Second half underway

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Here we go! An early penalty decision goes Italy’s way, kicked to touch on the halfway line.

No changes from either side at the break, with Lorenzo Cannone still in the sin bin.

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The teams are back out at the Stadio Olimpico!

The game will be back underway very shortly.

Italy need a big reaction here if they are to have any chance of ending that long 10-year wait for a home Six Nations win.

Otherwise another wooden spoon likely beckons...

Watch: Wales get penalty try

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A huge defensive stand from the Welsh on the stroke of half-time - their best 40 minutes of the tournament so far with three tries.

But big frustration for the Italians, who have let a number of key chances go begging. Just the one penalty to their name so far today.



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Italy 3-22 Wales

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40 mins: Italy attack with a penalty advantage for hands in the ruck.

But that is overtaken by Bruno then making contact with Liam Williams in the air as he snaffled Garbisi’s cross-field kick.

Lamaro again furious - another huge Italian chance goes begging.

With the clock in the red, the half-time whistle quickly sounds.

Talk about summing up Italy’s half!

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39 mins: The resulting Italian attack is just about kept at bay as it drifts out left, but Jenkins is whistled for the infringement.

Another quick kick into touch and Italy try to get that maul rolling once again.

Potentially critical moments in this game as the home crowd tries to roar their side over the line.

This would be huge for Wales to hang on here. Italy need a score desperately...

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38 mins: Varney does very well to earn an Italian penalty with Owens in an awkward position on the deck.

They kick for a lineout deep inside that Welsh 22 - they need points here.

Back comes tighthead Ferrari after that blood change. Riccioni back off.

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36 mins: A big defensive effort from Italy there as Wales again look to exploit the space in behind with kicks.

They attack at speed but Joe Hawkins is whistled for holding on after a Garbisi tackle and fine work at the breakdown from Azzurri hooker Giacomo Nicotera.

PENALTY TRY! Italy 3-22 Wales

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34 mins: The Welsh maul drives on at a scary pace, with captain Ken Owens in possession.

The whole thing then collapses just shy of the line - Wales think they have the score, but the on-field decision is no try.

Lorenzo Cannone might be in some trouble here, based on those replays.

It’s a penalty try and a yellow card for the Italian number eight for clearly collapsing the maul.

Owens has a try taken away, but he won’t care.

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33 mins: Wales attack with another penalty advantage and Webb tries another kick without any pressure that doesn’t come off.

But we come back for the infringement and Owen Williams kicks to touch deep inside that Italian 22.

Here come the rolling maul...

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32 mins: A lovely little offload from the fleet-footed Menoncello, but Italy are done for obstruction to give Wales another penalty which Owen Williams kicks to touch on the left-hand side.

Italy tighthead Ferrari still has blood coming from that heavy strapping around his head and will have to go off.

On comes Saracens prop Marco Riccioni.

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30 mins: Good covering from Josh Adams as Italy up the tempo and look to attack that 13 channel once more.

10 minutes to go until half-time at the Stadio Olimpico.

Italy need something to lift their spirits here.

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29 mins: Wales are asking more questions on the edge of the Italian 22 but there’s a knock-on during a rip and Italy have the put-in at the scrum.


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28 mins: That had the distance from the Wales fly-half, but not the accuracy.

It stays 15-3 with the half-hour mark approaching.

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26 mins: The decision goes in Wales’ favour - much to the annoyance of home skipper Lamaro, who pleads Italy’s case after another huge opportunity isn’t taken.

An earlier block from Liam Williams on Allan during the Garbisi break also isn’t punished.

To make matters worse for Italy, they’ve just given away another penalty that Owen Williams will try and kick for goal from just in front of the halfway line.

This is Leigh Halfpenny territory...

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25 mins: Italy are desperately close again after another nifty break from Garbisi and Padovani - with Ignacio Brex eventually trying to touch down but he’s hauled back at the last second by an incredible feat of strength from Owen Williams. Wow.

Was there downward pressure or did he drop it? This will go to a TMO review.

Italy also feel Williams was offside.

Watch: Liam Williams weaves through for second Welsh try

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22 mins: How have Italy not scored?!

Allan breaks through but throws a poor pass that is too far behind Gloucester scrum-half Varney.

The momentum is lost and Liam Williams ends up producing a superb jackal as the last-ditch defender that earns a pressure-relieving Wales penalty.

Brilliant from the experienced full-back. Massive opportunity missed for the Azzurri.

TRY! Italy 3-15 Wales | Liam Williams 18’

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18 mins: The Welsh pounce after a key turnover!

Williams takes in Faletau’s excellent pass and weaves his way inside off the right flank, with two, three, four would-be tacklers all missing the mark as the slippy full-back barrels over all too easily.

It was Allan who had been tackled initially, with the ball then bobbling loose into Welsh hands as Ruzza tried to clear out.

Owen Williams is off line with that kick. 15-3 to Wales it remains.


PENALTY! Italy 3-10 Wales | Paolo Garbisi 15'

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15 mins: Italy are on the board after quarter of an hour.

Garbisi splits the uprights from the tee after Faletau is penalised.

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13 mins: Italy are a bit slow to get to the lineout, but they are almost in after that as Garbisi sucks in the narrow Welsh defence with a terrific pass.

Pierre Bruno has come in off the left wing, but a huge sling out to opposite wing Padovani sails out of play in agonising fashion.

Liam Williams breathes a sigh of relief. He was all alone and surely would not have stopped that.

Watch: Rio Dyer scores opening Welsh try

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11 mins: Wales are absolutely all over Italy in the early stages of this contest.

They settle for a lineout and Webb then aims another dangerous kick in behind Tommaso Allan.

The pressure eventually relents when Daffyd Jenkins is pinged for offside.

A chance for Italy to gain some territory as Garbisi booms into touch downfield.

TRY! Italy 0-10 Wales | Rio Dyer 9’

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9 mins: Wales attack off the scrum out right, though they are driven back quickly as Italy fly out of the line with purpose.

Scrum-half Rhys Webb then cleverly aims a dangerous kick towards the corner into space that is fatally allowed to bounce twice!

That allows speedy wing Dyer to scoop up and score with aplomb - cruel for Italy, but brilliant from Webb to identify the space and expose a lack of cover. It deserved a bit of luck with the bounce.

Owen Williams duly adds the extras. This is going very well indeed for Wales so far.


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7 mins: Some early nerves from Italy here in the Rome sunshine - a rogue pass leads to a sloppy knock-on and confident Wales have more good territory with a put-in at the scrum just outside the Azzurri 22.

Some blood on the face of Italian tighthead Simone Ferrari that will need to be addressed.

PENALTY! Italy 0-3 Wales | Owen Williams 6'

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6 mins: No chance the Ospreys fly-half was missing that simple kick in front of the posts.

Wales on the board early after a positive start to this key game.

Rare that they’ve come away from the opposition 22 with some points in this tournament!

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5 mins: Wales’ first real attack of the game as they carry well and get up-tempo ball around the edge of the Italian 22.

They attack with an advantage for offside - I think it was lock Niccolo Cannone - with a little free chip in behind coming to nothing.

We come back for the penalty, which Owen Williams will kick at goal.

Italy just a little too eager to get off the line fast early doors.

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3 mins: The long, looping arms of Wales lock Adam Beard rise and steal an Italian lineout - only the fourth the Azzurri have lost all tournament so far.

That has been such a strength for them over recent weeks.

Just the sort of early psychological boost that Warren Gatland would have wanted.

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2 mins: An early show of intent from Italy after Wales’ exit into touch as they take the short lineout and Garbisi tries to chip behind the defence, but Rio Dyer is equal to it.

Wales have the ball and attack well out left, but there’s a fantastic covering challenge from Menoncello.

Wales are then pinged for holding on.

A lot of Welsh fans have made the trip to Rome today and are in fine voice.


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Underway at the Stadio Olimpico!

Can Italy finally end their 10-year wait for a Six Nations home win, or will Wales come out firing after three straight losses to avoid likely landing the wooden spoon?

Today’s referee is Damon Murphy of Australia.

Garbisi kicks and away we go...


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A few tears shed by that Italian team during a typically stirring rendition of Il Canto degli Italiani, finished by a guttural roar from inspirational skipper Lamaro.

They are bang up for this one, as you might expect.

But no shortage of passion from Wales either. This should be fierce.

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Here come Lamaro and the Azzurri at last, striding out onto the sun-kissed Rome turf with purpose.

Almost time for those rousing national anthems!

Two of the very best today...

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Wales have been ready to go in that tunnel for a while - Michele Lamaro and the Italians are making the visitors wait.

Finally Wales emerge from that Stadio Olimpico tunnel and up the stairs first...

Italy vs Wales: Countdown to kick-off

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Not long until the fourth round of this Six Nations finally gets underway...

Warren Gatland lays out demands for Welsh improvements

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Warren Gatland has called on Wales to be ‘smart’ in their bid to finally win a game at this year’s Six Nations.

“We’ve been disappointed with the results so far and for me it’s hard to take as it’s the first time I’ve lost three games in the Six Nations with Wales,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of things going on off the field as well but there are no excuses.

“The message to the players has been that we have to be smart in terms of the way we play but we’ve also got to be brave and make sure that when the opportunities are on we shift the ball.

“We have to keep scanning and looking at options and if there’s a chance to move the ball then be brave and do that.”


Italy vs Wales: Countdown to kick-off

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Warren Gatland has a perfect 12-from-12 record against Italy - with an average margin of 25 points - as a coach but there are signs of life in the Azzurri.

In the last three home games, Italy have scored 20 or more points having failed to do so in the previous nine.

Kick-off in 25 minutes!

A familiar face returns for Wales

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Rhys Webb has backed himself to perform in his first Wales start for three years today.

A move to France left the scrum-half being ruled ineligible by the 60-cap rule before he fell out with Wayne Pivac.

Ahead of facing Italy, he said: “That ambition to wear the No9 jersey has always been there, I have never once thought about packing it in, and I've never been one to say it’s gone.

“I know personally what I can do, I believe in myself and that is a big factor these days. I’ve got that belief in myself and on and off the field I work hard, I look after myself, I look after my body and I know I can compete with the best, never once thought I wouldn’t get back in here.”

Italy vs Wales: Countdown to kick-off

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The warm-ups are underway as the Stadio Olimpico begins to fill up.

Lots of Wales red in the stands as away fans enjoy a trip to Rome.

Head-to-head record

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Italy’s triumph in Cardiff last year was their first win over Wales since 2007. They also beat them in 2003.

The Azzurri have not won a home game in the Six Nations since toppling Ireland a full decade ago. Could that change this weekend?

Italy wins: 3

Wales wins: 27

Draws: 1

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Italy fans in typically bombastic gear ahead of this game

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Kieran Cowley optimistic for Italy’s chances

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The Italy coach believes his side are ready to learn from their defeats against Ireland, England and France in their bid to chalk up a win today.

He said: “We recovered well from the last game and this week we worked on the areas where we needed to improve.

“We know the match ahead against Wales and are looking forward to it and hopefully we can continue to develop the way we want to play.”

Jamie Roberts backing Wales to come racing out the blocks today

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Italy vs Wales: Countdown to kick-off

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Just an hour until we get underway in Rome as round four of the 2023 Six Nations kicks off!

Visiting fans in good spirit in Rome

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Strike talk did impact Wales team, admits coach

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Warren Gatland has admitted that talks over striking for their recent defeat to England had an impact on their performance.

The WRU managed to strike a deal to prevent a walkout but the Wales coach has confirmed that a split formed in the camp.

“On reflection, the stuff off the field definitely had an impact,” said Gatland.

“There was quite a significant split in the group over which way to go and I think that definitely caused some tension for a couple of weeks.”

Welsh rugby hero passes away

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Welsh rugby lost Andy Hill in the week, after his death at the age of 78.

The Scarlets legend was dubbed one of the best players never to win a cap for his national team.

Italy vs Wales: Match odds

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Italy to win: 5/6

Wales to win: Evens

Draw: 18/1

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).

Not a good omen for Wales

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Italy claimed a narrow victory in these two sides’ Under-20 Six Nations clash last night, leaving the Welsh with four defeats from four.

Today’s destination

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The marvellous Stadio Olimpico in Rome hosts today’s Six Nations clash.

It will be a decade this week since the Azzurri’s last victory over a Tier 1 rugby nation at this stadium - with Ireland their last victim.

Wales are unbeaten here since 2007...

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(Getty Images)

Throwback: Some memorable moments in Italy vs Wales

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Warren Gatland explains Louis Rees-Zammit decision

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Louis Rees-Zammit misses out on a place in the Wales line-up today due to a lack of match sharpness.

Warren Gatland said when naming his team: “Liam Williams comes in at full back. We did discuss whether we put Louis Rees-Zammit to full back and how that would have looked.

“But he still hasn’t played a lot of rugby in terms of coming back from a relatively long injury with his ankle and we just felt with the way the game’s going to be and the pace of the game that him coming off the bench and the impact he can have could be pretty important.”


Italy vs Wales: Prediction

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Heading into the penultimate weekend of action, you feel like Italy will never have a better chance to end that long 10-year wait for a home Six Nations win.

Wales have been wretched all tournament aside from a competitive first half at Murrayfield, with no semblance of a workable tactical plan at all against England a fortnight ago.

Italy were disappointing at Twickenham but have given both France and Ireland a run for their money, impressing with their unwavering commitment to exciting attacking rugby that can admittedly often land them in hot water.

The absence of the electric Capuozzo is a real shame, but we’re backing the Italians to still pull out a hard-fought win here that will leave sorry Wales staring at a first wooden spoon since 2003.

Italy to win, by five points.

No Alun Wyn Jones for Wales

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Six changes as Warren Gatland drops the veteran Wyn Jones from his line-up.

Liam Williams and Rio Dyer are recalled to the backs, while in the forwards Jac Morgan, Dafydd Jenkins and Wyn Jones all get the nod.

Owen Williams continues at fly-half with Dan Biggar missing altogether with a tight back, while Leigh Halfpenny is also sidelined again.

Tomos Williams is replaced at scrum-half as Rhys Webb makes his first Six Nations start since 2017. Joining Alun Wyn Jones in being dropped from the squad completely is Exeter’s Christ Tshiunza.

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Today’s Wales team

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Wales XV: L Williams; Adams, Grady, Hawkins, Dyer; O Williams, R Webb; W Jones, Owens (c), Francis; D Jenkins, Beard; J Morgan, Tipuric, Faletau.

Replacements: Baldwin, G Thomas, Lewis, R Davies, Reffell, T Williams, North, Rees-Zammit.

Ange Capuozzo blow for Azzurri

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Italy have been dealt a major blow by the absence of budding superstar Ange Capuozzo, who will miss the final two matches of the Six Nations with a shoulder injury suffered against Ireland.

Harlequins fly-half Tommaso Allan gets the nod at full-back instead in Crowley’s only change from round three.

On the bench, Benetton flanker Manuel Zuliani earns a promotion as Italy go to a five-three split.

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How Italy line up today

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Italy XV: Allan; Padovani, Brex, Menoncello, Bruno; Garbisi, Varney; Ferrari, Nicotera, Fischetti; Ruzza, N Cannone; Negri, Lamaro (c), L Cannone.

Replacements: Bigi, Zani, Riccioni, Iachizzi, Pettinelli, Zuliani, Fusco, Morisi.

How to watch Italy vs Wales

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TV channel: Italy vs Wales is being broadcast live on ITV in the UK, with coverage beginning at 1:25pm GMT ahead of a 2:15pm kick-off.

Live stream: Fans can also watch all the action as it happens live online via the ITVX app or ITV website.

Six Nations: Italy vs Wales

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Hello and welcome!

Round four of the 2023 Six Nations begins right here with Italy hosting Wales in a battle of the bottom two.

The wooden spoon hovers over this match-up like the sword of Damocles with the Azzurri buoyed by last year’s win over the Welsh, who are still feeling the effects of a huge off-field crisis.

Warren Gatland faces a big task in turning the visitors for this game, which kicks off at 2.15pm GMT. Follow all the build-up, match action and reaction with Standard Sport!

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