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Biggar to start at No.10 for Wales against Italy

Northampton Saints' fly-half Dan Biggar has been selected to start for Wales this weekend by head coach Warren Gatland for their clash against Italy in Rome.

After impressing off the bench in the comeback victory against France, Biggar will wear the No.10 jersey at the Stadio Olimpico (Kick-off 4.45pm GMT, live on ITV & S4C), winning his 67th cap.

The 29-year-old Saint lines up in an exciting-looking back line, with Jonathan Davies captaining his country for the first time alongside Owen Watkin in midfield, and Aled Davies named at scrum-half.

“We have made a number of changes this weekend but have picked what we think is a very exciting team that still has huge experience throughout it,” said Gatland.

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

“Italy will be hurting after last weekend but they are a different proposition in Rome.

“They are an experienced team themselves and they will be looking to put things right on the pitch after their opening defeat.”

Wales team to play Italy

15 Liam Williams
14 Jonah Holmes
13 Jonathan Davies (Capt)
12 Owen Watkin
11 Josh Adams
10 Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints)
9 Aled Davies

1 Nicky Smith
2 Elliot Dee
3 Samson Lee
4 Jake Ball
5 Adam Beard
6 Aaron Wainwright
7 Thomas Young
8 Josh Navidi

Replacements:
16 Ryan Elias
17 Wyn Jones
18 Dillon Lewis
19 Alun Wyn Jones
20 Ross Moriarty
21 Gareth Davies
22 Gareth Anscombe
23 Hallam Amos