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Today's teams then Wales: Williams, North, Watkin, Parkes, Evans, Anscombe, G Davies, Smith, Dee, Francis, Hill, B Davies, Tipiric, J Davies, Faletau (C) Italy: Minozzi, Benvenuti, Bisegni, Castello, Bellini, Allan, Violi, Lovotti, Ghiraldini, Ferrari, Zanni, Budd, Negri, Mbanda, Parisse (C)


Hello, hello. The championship is done and dusted but the battle for 2nd place in the 2018 Six Nations is wide open. Wales can take a big step towards it by defeating bottom side Italy in Cardiff. I'm Rob Sutton

Defeat for Italy today would be their 16th in a row in the Six Nations. They've never won in Cardiff with one draw (18-18) in 2006. They will be boosted by wins for the U20s and the women against Wales earlier this weekend

So ten changes for Wales from the side that lost 37-27 to Ireland two weeks ago, the headlines are that James Davies makes his debut and Taulape Faletau captains the side.

Despite a dry day, we are under the roof in Cardiff this afternoon, the Italians have agreed to it being shut which is always a good way of winning friends with the locals!!

Teams are out to the usual firework and light show

Time for the anthems, Italy up first

From one cracking national anthem to another, Land of my Fathers

Usual array of headgear in the Welsh crowd, daffodils and dragons and all that. Nearly set for kick off

Our referee today is Jerome Garces from France, who was at the centre of the no try gate in the England v Wales game. Italy get us going in Cardiff.