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Wales v Italy, Six Nations 2024: Kick-off time, how to watch today’s match and latest news

Louis Lynagh applauds the Italy fans - Wales v Italy, Six Nations 2024: Kick-off time, how to watch today's match and latest news
Louis Lynagh, left, enjoyed a dream debut for Italy - Getty Images/Danilo Di Giovanni

Wales are in danger of picking up the wooden spoon as they host Italy later today – ‘Super Saturday’ – after losing their first four Six Nations fixtures.

A heavy defeat against France in the penultimate round of matches left Warren Gatland’s side four points adrift of the Italians who claimed their first home Six Nations victory in 11 years as they beat Scotland.

Wales have not been whitewashed since 2003 while the Azzurri are looking to avoid their ninth consecutive last-place finish.

Wales centre George North has announced that he will retire from international rugby after Saturday’s clash.

When is Wales v Italy?

Wales meet Italy later today, Saturday, March 16, and the game will kick off at 2.15pm (GMT). This will take place ahead of Ireland’s clash with Scotland at 4.45pm and before England take on France at 8pm.

Where is Wales v Italy taking place?

The sides will meet at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Wales were narrowly beaten here by Scotland in the opening round of fixtures before their defeat to the French last weekend.

How to watch Wales v Italy on TV

The match will be broadcast live on BBC One.

Who is the referee?

Mathieu Raynal (France). Telegraph Sport has published a full guide to all the referees at this year’s tournament.

How Wales and Italy can avoid wooden spoon

What is the Wales team?

George North has announced that he will retire from international rugby after Saturday’s match.

North, who has won 120 caps, made his Wales debut as an 18-year-old against South Africa and has scored 47 tries for his country, a figure bettered only by Shane Williams.The 31-year-old also toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 2013 and then New Zealand four years later.

North, who was omitted from the starting line-up beaten 45-24 by France last weekend, replaces Joe Roberts against Italy, with his fellow centre Nick Tompkins returning instead of Owen Watkin.

Two other changes are in the pack, where Harlequins prop Dillon Lewis is preferred to Keiron Assiratti and Cardiff flanker Alex Mann packs down alongside back-row colleagues Tommy Reffell and Aaron Wainwright.

Wales captain Dafydd Jenkins, who featured at blindside flanker against France, returns to the second row alongside Adam Beard, with Will Rowlands dropping to the bench.

Also among the replacements are uncapped Scarlets prop Harri O’Connor and Cardiff hooker Evan Lloyd, who made his Test debut against France.

Wales XV: Winnett; Adams, North, Tompkins, Dyer; Costelow, T Williams; Thomas, Dee, Lewis, Jenkins (capt), Beard, Mann, Reffell, Wainwright.

Replacements: E Lloyd, Mathias, H O’Connor, Rowlands, Martin, Hardy, I Lloyd, Grady.

What is the Italy team?

A broken finger has ruled out full-back Ange Capuozzo. Tests following the 31-29 comeback win over Scotland last weekend revealed Capuozzo broke the middle finger of his left hand.

His absence is a blow after he was instrumental in Italy’s two best results in the championship: the draw in France and defeat of Scotland, Italy’s first home win in 11 years. Capuozzo also started the late attack against Wales in Cardiff in 2022 that netted the match-winning converted try for Edoardo Padovani.

Capuozzo has been replaced by Zebre full-back Lorenzo Pani, who started on the wing against England and Ireland to accommodate Tommaso Allan and Capuozzo in the 15 jersey.

Coach Gonzalo Quesada made two other changes on Thursday, swapping in No 8 Lorenzo Cannone and scrum-half Stephen Varney for Ross Vintcent and Martin Page-Relo, who have dropped to the reserves.

Cannone’s return gives Benetton Treviso seven of the pack, the only exception being Zebre loosehead Danilo Fischetti.

Benetton flanker Manuel Zuliani also returns to the reserves with Italy going back to a 6-2 split.

Italy XV: Pani; Lynagh, Brex, Menoncello, Ioane; Garbisi, Varney; Fischetti, Nicotera, Ferrari, Cannone, Ruzza, Negri, Lamaro (capt), Cannone.

Replacements: Lucchesi, Spagnolo, Zilocchi, Zambonin, Vintcent, Zuliani, Page-Relo, Marin.

What are the current standings?

How many times have Wales and Italy won the Six Nations?

Wales have won the Six Nations six times, claiming the Grand Slam on four occasions and were most recently crowned champions in 2021.

Italy are yet to win a Six Nations title after their introduction to the tournament in 2000.

What was the score last year?

Gatland’s side defeated Italy 29-17 when the sides met in Rome in 2023 in what was Wales’ only victory of the campaign.

What are the latest odds?

  • Wales to win: 4/9

  • Italy to win: 5/2

  • Draw: 28/1

Odds correct as of March 16

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