George North
George North has been among Wales' star performers Getty Images

Wales are seeking victory against Italy in the final round of fixtures for this year's Six Nations championship.

Where to watch

The game in Cardiff is live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 Live, with the match getting under way at 14:30 GMT.


Wales' hopes of winning the Six Nations trophy disappeared during an awful showing in the first-half of their most-recent loss to England at Twickenham. Warren Gatland's men made a sluggish start to that match in London and despite a valiant comeback in the second-half, the Welsh simply gave themselves too much to do.

Having said that, their excellence after the break saw Gatland's side return to something approaching their best and will have given Welsh fans reason to feel optimistic about their future. Another bright spot for the Welsh has been the revival of George North's form. The 23-year-old star has been among their standout performers during this year's Six Nations, after a difficult 2015, and he will be looking to end the campaign with another try or two.

For win-less Italy, meanwhile, it has been another frustrating season, with their insipid performance against the Irish calling into question whether they merit a place alongside the big guns of European rugby. Some of their errors in that lop-sided defeat in Dublin have served to re-open the debate about whether a Six Nations relegation system ought to be introduced.

Consequently, they will be determined to put on a better show against the Welsh in Cardiff, where they are sure to be tested to their absolute limit. Although Jacques Brunel's side have nothing tangible to play for, they will be keen to quieten their ever-increasing army of critics.

Wales coach Warren Gatland
Wales coach Warren Gatland Getty Images


Wales: 15. Liam Williams, 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Jamie Roberts, 11. Hallam Amos; 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Rhys Webb; 1. Rob Evans, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Samson Lee, 4. Bradley Davies, 5. Luke Charteris, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements:16. Ken Owens, 17. Gethin Jenkins, 18. Aaron Jarvis, 19. Jake Ball, 20. Ross Moriarty, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Gareth Anscombe

Italy: 15. David Odiete, 14. Leonardo Sarto, 13. Andrea Pratichetti, 12. Gonzalo Garcia, 11. Mattia Bellini, 10. Tommaso Allan, 9. Guglielmo Palazzani; 1. Andrea Lovotti, 2. Davide Giazzon, 3. Martin Castrogiovanni, 4. Quintin Geldenhuys, 5. Valerio Bernabo, 6. Francesco Minto, 7. Alessandro Zanni, 8. Sergio Parisse

Replacements:16. Oliviero Fabiani, 17. Matteo Zanusso, 18. Dario Chistolini, 19. Jacopo Sarto, 20. Abraham Steyn, 21. Alberto Lucchese, 22. Kelly Haimona, 23. Luke McLean

What the coaches say

Warren Gatland: "This weekend it is all about finishing off the tournament well and putting in a big performance. Saturday is a good chance for some of the players to redeem themselves.

"A lot of questions have been asked about Italy. I think they thoroughly deserve to be in the Six Nations. They have contributed to it enormously and had some great wins over the years."

Jacques Brunel: "Wales, like Ireland, is capable of playing with great effectiveness. We cannot concede them time and space like we did in Dublin. It will be crucial to slow down their play and maintain the right attitude for the whole 80 minutes."