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Wales Name Team To Face Italy With Dan Lydiate As Captain

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 21: Dan Lydiate of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Millennium Stadium on February 21, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales cannot win the Six Nations Championship after their comeback against England fell short at Twickenham on Saturday, but they will look to finish the tournament on a high with a win over Italy in the Principality Stadium.

Warren Gatland will have to plan without skipper Sam Warburton, who was concussed in London last weekend. Therefore, Dan Lydiate deputises as captain, in a strong Welsh XV.

Rhys Webb returns to the starting team having made his comeback from the bench last week.

Justin Tipuric comes in at openside flanker for the injured Warburton, while Hallom Amos starts on the wing.

Alun Wyn Jones also misses out due to injury, so Bradley Davies will partner Luke Charteris in the second row. Gatland will be eager for his locks to perform this weekend, as the Welsh struggled to contain Maro Itoje on Saturday.

Overall, there are four changes from the side that were defeated 25-21 by the Red Rose.

Gatland will be eager to finish the championship on a high, as they will need all the momentum they can get with a June tour to New Zealand looming on the horizon.


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.