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Warren Gatland rotates squad for final warm-up match

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Wales have named a rotated team to face Italy with minimal changes to the side that beat Ireland in Dublin.

Jake Ball and Dominic Day return in the second row, Alun Wyn Jones is rested with a medial ligament injury, while Bradley Davies is dropped from the match day squad.

Welsh captain Sam Warburton returns after recovering from a pinched shoulder nerve to take over from last weekend’s man of the match Justin Tipuric.


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Rookie Ross Moriaty is on the bench despite not making the Welsh World Cup squad. James King gets a deserving start while Dan Lydiate is rested.

Kristian Dacey is on the bench instead of Scott Baldwin who is also rested. Dacey is another match day squad member who won’t be going to the RWC.

Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar retain their places and will be hoping to shake off the rust that was evident in parts of their game against Ireland and get back to the level they were playing at last season.

Cory Allan also comes into the side and will be looking to impress at inside centre.

Wales also name an unchanged backline, with Warren Gatland stating he will be giving Alex Cuthbert more time to regain his form despite a string of weak performances since the Gloucester-born wing's return to international rugby.

Matthew Morgan may well make appearance from the bench as the utility back has had limited game time during the warm up period.

Backs: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), George North (Northampton), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys).

Forwards: Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Dominic Day (Bath), James King (Ospreys), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt).

Replacements: Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath), Matthew Morgan (Bristol).

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