Davies leads new-look Wales against Italy

Rob Howley wants Wales to make history against Italy

Rob Howley wants Wales to make history against Italy

It looms as a potential Six Nations decider in the next round, but Wales coach Warren Gatland has warned his team it could end up suffering an "embarrassing" loss if they put out a display against England like they did against Italy.

For Young it is a vindication of his clear talent - the flanker has been a star for Wasps for years without proper Test recognition, but gets his chance in Rome.

The changes also see a recall at fly-half for Dan Biggar with Gareth Anscombe dropping to the bench; Aled Davies partners Biggar at half-back.

And Jonah Holmes comes in on the wing in place of George North, again playing for the first time in the tournament.

Wales' last win over England came at the 2015 World Cup, and Gatland noted that it's results at the global showpiece which have to be in the mind too, acknowledging post-match to S4C that that's why he made the 10 changes to his side from the opening round.

'We have had a squad of 31 training together, replicating the Rugby World Cup and it is important they get game-time.

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Wales team to play Italy in Rome on Saturday: L Williams (Saracens); J Holmes (Leicester), J Davies (Scarlets, capt), O Watkin (Ospreys), J Adams (Worcester); D Biggar (Northampton), A Davies (Ospreys); N Smith (Ospreys), E Dee (Dragons), S Lee (Scarlets), J Ball (Scarlets), A Beard (Ospreys), A Wainwright (Dragons), T Young (Wasps), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues).

Replacements: Elias, W Jones, Lewis, AW Jones, Moriarty, G Davies, Anscombe, Amos. He has a huge amount of experience, is a great leader and it is a great honour for him to lead his country.

On a winning streak since last March, Wales could equal the national record for successive wins set from 1907-10.

Wales have not lost to Italy under Gatland, but suffered defeats in 2003 and 2007.

England looked impressive last week when they beat Ireland 32-20 in Dublin, and Gatland knows his team must take things up a level if they are to defend their home ground against Eddie Jones' men.

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