Sam Warburton Back For Wales

Wales captain Sam Warburton returns for his country’s Test match on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against Italy.  It will be the Azzurri’s third and final Test match of preparation for the Rugby World Cup.  Jacques Brunel’s boys have already suffered back-to-back defeats to Scotland in the last fortnight.

After last weekend’s win in Ireland, Dragons coach Warren Gatland says:  ‘It’s two weeks before the start of the World Cup and the match this weekend is very important.  We were pleased with the victory in Ireland last week, and the performance in general, but there are still many things to sort out and we hope to do it this Saturday.  We made some changes to the side to try some new things and give playing time to players.’

The Wales match day squad is as follows:

15 Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon)
14 Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues)
13 Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues)
12 Scott Williams (Scarlets)
11 George North (Northampton)
10 Dan Biggar (Ospreys)
9 Rhys Webb (Ospreys)
8 Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)
7 Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues) – captain
6 James King (Ospreys)
5 Dominic Day (Bath)
4 Jake Ball (Scarlets)
3 Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs)
2 Ken Owens (Scarlets)
1 Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)

Replacements:

16 Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues)
17 Paul James (Ospreys)
18 Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys)
19 Luke Charteris (Racing Metro)
20 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester)
21 Gareth Davies (Scarlets)
22 Rhys Priestland (Bath)
23 Matthew Morgan (Bristol)