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6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018 
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Post 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Sunday, 11 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Wales: L Williams, North, Watkin, Parkes, S Evans; Anscombe, G Davies; Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, B Davies, Tipuric, J Davies, Faletau (capt).

Replacements: Owens, R Evans, Lee, S Davies, Jenkins, A Davies, Patchell, Halfpenny.

Italy: TBA


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
What an absurd selection, hopefully Italy may surprise us.

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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
That back row seems bonkers to me.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
One of the interesting aspects of Scarlets play has been the axis of Steff, Cubby and Gareth Davies usually aided and abetted by Shingler. They know each other well. In the past Cawdor has found himself isolated after his sharp breaks but Cubby, Shingler and Steff have taken advantage of his ability to make those breaks. This axis has led to many a try by Scarlets, hopefully, Tips can fit into this style in place of Shingler. I think the ball handling skills of Rob Evans and the Sheriff may be missed.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
It will certainly test the (increasingly prevalent) theory that we have strength in depth these days!

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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
Old Second Row wrote:
It will certainly test the (increasingly prevalent) theory that we have strength in depth these days!

I really do think we have some depth nowadays, but 10 changes are pushing the boat out a bit far.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
BigRed wrote:
Old Second Row wrote:
It will certainly test the (increasingly prevalent) theory that we have strength in depth these days!

I really do think we have some depth nowadays, but 10 changes are pushing the boat out a bit far.


Well squad rotation is a good thing and that theory will be tested Saturday. May have a few shillings on Italy. Please don't pick all the Scarlets' players against France :D

Seb Davies at lock needs a match.

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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
Back row would have been better with Shingler at six. Can't see the point of putting Tips there.
Other than that happy with the team. Should have plenty of running in them.

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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
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Back row would have been better with Shingler at six. Can't see the point of putting Tips there.
Other than that happy with the team. Should have plenty of running in them.

I can't see Smith, Francis and Dee providing the same impetus in the loose that is categorised in the play of Rob Evans, Owens and to a lesser degree Lee. However, they could have a massive influence on the game when they come on later in the match.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
BigRed wrote:
spinbreath wrote:
Back row would have been better with Shingler at six. Can't see the point of putting Tips there.
Other than that happy with the team. Should have plenty of running in them.

I can't see Smith, Francis and Dee providing the same impetus in the loose that is categorised in the play of Rob Evans, Owens and to a lesser degree Lee. However, they could have a massive influence on the game when they come on later in the match.


if Wales has to do that, then it will confirm the zero depth concept

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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
Langland Exile wrote:
BigRed wrote:
spinbreath wrote:
Back row would have been better with Shingler at six. Can't see the point of putting Tips there.
Other than that happy with the team. Should have plenty of running in them.

I can't see Smith, Francis and Dee providing the same impetus in the loose that is categorised in the play of Rob Evans, Owens and to a lesser degree Lee. However, they could have a massive influence on the game when they come on later in the match.


if Wales has to do that, then it will confirm the zero depth concept

True to some extent. Horses for courses may be the reasoning behind the selection.
Smith, Francis and Dee are a pretty sturdy front row probably chosen to test them against a usually strong Italian scrumming machine.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
I would hope this front row would be more than adequate against Italy, certainly in the scrumaging department.

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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
Well that keeps things interesting. The forwards have certainly paid a price for the Ireland performance.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
Even against Italy at home, this selection is a massive gamble.


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Post Re: 6N - Wales v Italy Sun 11/03/2018
I wonder how many are going to be eating humble pie come Sun evening ;)


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