RBS Six Nations 2012: Wales team to play Italy in Cardiff

UPDATE: Uncapped Rhys Webb has replaced Lloyd Williams (groin) on the bench.

As the Grand Slam pressure gauge nears the red zone, Wales have named their side to face Italy in Round 4 of the RBS Six Nations 2012. Sam Warburton is out through injury, meaning Gethin Jenkins takes over the captaincy.


15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Jamie Roberts, 11. George North, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Mike Phillips, 1. Gethin Jenkins, 2. Matthew Rees, 3. Adam Jones, 4. Alun Wyn Jones, 5. Ian Evans, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton (c), 8. Toby Faletau


16. Richard Hibbard, 17. Paul James, 18. Luke Charteris, 19. Ryan Jones, 20. Rhys Webb, 21. James Hook, 22. Scott Williams

4 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: Wales team to play Italy in Cardiff

  1. Strong team and a strong bench, Tipuric is a talented player & will be a worthy replacement for Warburton, hope the selection of Roberts is not a risk as Wales will need him against he French, Scott Williams has shown he is more than capable of stepping in though.

  2. Don’t understand why they risk players such as Roberts, North and Adam Jones when they have been injured in the last few weeks. If they get injured this week, Wales will be in trouble again France. C’mon Wales!

    1. Rhydian Wales tried resting players against Italy in the 2009 season and nearly came unstuck in a sense they did because even though we won it left us with an impossible points difference to take the title going into the last gane with Ireland (which we lost anyway but the point is still relevant).

      The task on Saturday is firstly to win and secondly rack up a large points difference .If say France slipped up in against England then with enough points the title could almost be in the bag no matter what the result in the last game .

      Finally if key players were rested they could come in to the last game a bit udercooked with three weeks between matches .

      I do expect the bench to be used fully though.

  3. 16. Richard Hibbard I nearly spat out my tea! Thankfully its an error, harsh enough on Ken Owens to drop him to the bench let alone out of the 22 altogether!

    as for resting players – Italy at home may be the easiest game of the six nations two year cycle but it still ain’t easy! I’d be quite happy with players like North, Roberts & Adam Jones getting rested….for the last 20 mins if they’ve already earnt us a twenty point lead!

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