George North starts Wales’ fifth and final Six Nations game of 2016, looking to cross the whitewash for a fourth straight Test on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints wing scored at Twickenham last weekend, adding to his efforts against Scotland and France as Wales threatened a late comeback, eventually falling short in the 25-21 defeat to England.
Victory in Cardiff would guarantee Warren Gatland’s side the runners up berth behind champions England, with winless Italy already consigned to the wooden spoon.
The game is being shown live on the BBC and kicks off at 2pm.
WALES TEAM TO PLAY ITALY
2016 Six Nations
Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Kick off 2pm
15 Liam Williams (Scarlets)
14 George North (Northampton Saints)
13 Jonathan Davies (ASM Clermont)
12 Jamie Roberts (Harlequins)
11 Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons)
10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys)
9 Rhys Webb (Ospreys)
1 Rob Evans (Scarlets)
2 Scott Baldwin (Ospreys)
3 Samson Lee (Scarlets)
4 Bradley Davies (Wasps)
5 Luke Charteris (Racing 92)
6 Dan Lydiate (Ospreys)(capt)
7 Justin Tipuric (Ospreys)
8 Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
16 Ken Owens (Scarlets)
17 Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)
18 Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) / Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys)*
19 Jake Ball (Scarlets)
20 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
21 Gareth Davies (Scarlets)
22 Rhys Priestland (Bath Rugby)
23 Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues)
*Tomas Francis is named, subject to outcome of disciplinary hearing