Saturday, February 1, 2014

ITALY v WALES: 6 Nations International Championship


Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Wales will be looking for a good start to their 2014 6 Nations campaign. Their aim will be to win this competition for the second year in a row.

Italy have recalled some veterans to their team in Mauro Bergamasco and Marco Bortolami but the reality is is that Italy has struggled to play consistently at a high level. They will struggle against what looks to be a very strong Welsh side.

Last Five Encounters
23.02.2013 Wales 26-9 in Rome (6 Nations)
10.03.2012 Wales 24-3 in Cardiff (6 Nations)
26.02.2011 Wales 24-16 in Rome (6 Nations)
20.03.2010 Wales 33-10 in Cardiff (6 Nations)
14.03.2009 Wales 20-15 in Rome (6 Nations)
Italy last defeated Wales in 2007, winning 23-20 in Rome. Italy has never won in Cardiff

GWC Rugby Rankings:
World Table: Wales 6th, Italy 13th
Europe Table: Wales 3rd, Italy 6th

IRB Ranking Points
Wales 80.10, Italy 73.13

Prediction: Wales by 15 points




15   Leigh Halfpenny  Cardiff Blues
14   Alexander Cuthbert  Cardiff Blues
13   Scott Williams  Llanelly Scarlets
12   James Roberts Racing-Metro 92, France
11   George North Northampton Saints, England
10   Rhys Priestland  Llanelly Scarlets
9   Michael Phillips  Bayonne, France
8   Tobias Faletau  Newport Gwent Dragons
7   Justin Tupuric  Neath Swansea Ospreys
6   Daniel Lydiate  Racing-Metro 92, France
5   Alyn-Wyn Jones (Capt.) Neath Swansea Ospreys
4   Luke Charteris USA  Perpignan, France
3   Adam Jones Neath Swansea Ospreys
2   Richard Hibbard  Neath Swansea Ospreys
1   Paul James Bath Rugby, England
16   Kenneth Owens  Llanelly Scarlets
17   Ryan Bevington  Neath Swansea Ospreys
18   Rhodri Jones  Llanelly Scarlets
19   Andrew Coombs Newport Gwent Dragons
20   Samuel Warburton  Cardiff Blues
21   Rhys Webb Neath Swansea Ospreys
22   James Hook USA  Perpignan, France
23   Liam Williams  Llanelly Scarlets
    HEAD COACH: Warren Gatland



15   Luke McLean  Treviso
14   Angelo Esposito Treviso
13   Michele Campagnaro  Treviso
12   Alberto Sgarbi Treviso
11   Leonardo Sarto Zebre Rugby
10   Tommaso Allan USAP Perpignan, France
9   Edoardo Gori  Treviso
8   Sergio Parisse (Capt.) Stade Francais, France
7   Mauro Bergamasco Zebre Rugby
6   Alessandro Zanni  Treviso
5   Marco Bortolami  Zebre Rugby
4   Quintin Geldenhuys  Zebre Rugby
3   Martin Castrogiovanni  Toulon RC, France
2   Leonardo Ghiraldini  Treviso
1   Michele Rizzo  Treviso
16   Davide Giazzon  Zebre Rugby
17   Alberto De Marchi Treviso
18   Lorenzo Cittadini  Treviso
19   Joshua Furno  Biarritz Olympique, France
20   Francesco Minto Treviso
21   Tobais Botes  Treviso
22   Luciano Orquera  Zebre Rugby
23   Tommaso Iannone  Zebre Rugby
    HEAD COACH: Jacques Brunel

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