Comforting news for Italy as the impressive Stephen Varney returns at scrum half to resume his burgeoning partnership with Paolo Garbisi who will shepherd a backline featuring one other change: Mattia Bellini for Luca Sperandio on the wing. There’s also some switches in the pack with props Giosué Zilocchi and Danilo Fischetti, and lock Niccolò Cannone all starting.

For Wales, second row Adam Beard is rested and makes way for Cory Hill with the only other change an enforced one as Keiran Hardy’s hamstring tweak sees Gareth Davies regain the nine shirt. This will bring Lloyd Williams onto the bench in yet another clear example of just how much Pivac no longer fancies Rhys Webb at this level. Otherwise the XV that achieved a record points total against England is told to crack on.

ITALY: Jacopo Trulla; Mattia Bellini, Ignacio Brex, Carlo Canna, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi (capt), Giosué Zilocchi, Niccolò Cannone, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Johan Meyer, Michele Lamaro.

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

WALES: Liam Williams; Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, 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.



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