Wales equal rugby record

Wales equal rugby record

Wales' Jonathan Davies, right, is tacked by Italy's Jayden Hayward during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

"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 in a Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) statement.

Gatland added: "It is a great opportunity for Jon (Davies) as captain".

In the second half, both sides threatened, each scoring a try in the final 10 minutes - through Wales centre Owen Watkin and Italy winger Edoardo Padovani - but the result never looked seriously in doubt. Italy scored a second try, too, but it wasn't enough to prevent Wales from an 11th successive victory, tying the Welsh record set 109 years ago.

He also gave credit to Italy, who he said made it hard for his team to find their rhythm in attack. Their late comeback against Scotland at Murrayfield last Saturday could not mask another below-par Six Nations display under Conor O'Shea, who has yet to register a win in the tournament since taking over in 2016.

Gatland's side went top of the Six Nations table after away wins against France and Italy and next play England, who last week bumped Wales from third in the world rankings, in Cardiff on February 23.

"I was looking at the bigger picture", said Gatland, as he prepares for the World Cup in Japan.

But Italy struck from an attacking lineout as Dean Budd and captain Sergio Parisse surged.

Coach Warren Gatland made 10 changes after the fortuitous win over France in Paris last weekend, and a comfortable win at Stadio Olimpico was on the cards as Dan Biggar kicked them to a 12-point lead in the first half hour.

Wales last achieved 11 consecutive victories in 1910.

The second try came from a delicate chip by replacement flyhalf Gareth Anscombe for Watkin to pounce on.

The son of Wasps rugby director and former Wales prop Dai Young, Thomas Young has impressed in the English Premiership this season.

To that end, Leicester back Jonah Holmes has also been given a Six Nations debut, with scrumhalf Aled Davies and flank Wainwright making their first starts in the Championship.

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Italy players celebrate after Italy's Abraham Steyn scores a try during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

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