Gatland focusing on Wales' bigger picture and making history against England

Gatland focusing on Wales' bigger picture and making history against England

Gatland focusing on Wales' bigger picture and making history against England

Centre Jonathan Davies will captain Wales for the first time on Saturday in a team featuring 10 changes from last week's win over France. "It should be a tasty one", Davies, captaining the side for the first time on his 70th appearance, told ITV Sport.

The Italians extended their own record streak with a 19th straight defeat in the Six Nations since 2015. 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.

But Steyn got Italy back into the game with a try after half an hour in the Stadio Olimpico which Allan converted before his penalty hit the post to give Wales a 12-7 at the interval.

But Gatland warned: "Italy will be hurting after last weekend, but they are a different proposition in Rome. It has a big future and I am always confident", Parisse said.

Italy coach Conor O'Shea rued what he believed to be a missed opportunity. Hopefully, we'll go under the radar, have two good weeks of training and get ourselves mentally and physically right. He nailed a penalty after the break to cut the deficit to two.

The first half was a battle of attrition with both sides struggling to make any serious ground with the ball in hand.

Owen Watkin grabbed another try in the 69th minute to extend Wales' lead even further and make sure of the victory. Defending champion Ireland arrives in two weeks.

"The hardest challenges", Steyn added, "are the best".

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.

Gatland tried an experimental Wales side with Jonathan Davies captaining the team for the first time. Wales are on the up, Italy are fighting for their lives.

Wales' Thomas Young, left, is tackled by Italy's Luca Bigi during the Six Nations rugby union global between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

Such is the confidence running through the veins of the Welsh camp, their head coach proudly proclaimed his players had "forgotten how to lose" after their dramatic second-half revival against France last Friday.

Wales' Jonah Holmes, center, challenges for the ball with Italy's Michele Campagnaro, left, and Italy's Dean Budd during the Six Nations rugby union global between Italy and Wales, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

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