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Italy v Wales Six Nations kick-off time, TV channel, live stream info and team news

Wales head to Rome to face Italy this weekend in the Six Nations as they look to secure a fourth consecutive tournament win.

Wayne Pivac’s men are still on track for a Grand Slam and have the Azzurri and France left to face in the championship.

Italy, meanwhile, suffered their 30th successive defeat in the competitive when they lost to Ireland in round three.

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s clash in Rome.

What time is Italy v Wales kick-off?

Italy v Wales kicks off at 2.15pm UK time/3.15pm local time on Saturday, March 13, at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

What TV channel is Italy v Wales on?

Italy v Wales is being broadcast live on ITV and S4C.

Coverage will begin on both channels at 1.30pm.

What about live streaming?

Viewers can live stream via the ITV Hub or S4C’s Clic service.

Fans can also follow live updates on Gist Vile’s live blog from Saturday afternoon.

What’s the team news?

Wales boss Wayne Pivac sprung a surprise by naming his team two days early, making two changes from the Triple Crown win over England in Cory Hill and Gareth Davies.

Hill is the only change in the pack and comes into the side to partner captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row. The front-row remains unchanged for the fourth successive game with Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis packing down together.

Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau comprise the back-row.

Gareth Davies comes in to start at scrum-half alongside Dan Biggar, while Jonathan Davies and George North continue their partnership at centre and Josh Adams, Louis Rees-Zammit and Liam Williams make up the back-three.

On the bench, Rhys Carre, Jake Ball and Lloyd Williams all come into the squad, joining replacements Elliot Dee, Leon Brown, Aaron Wainwright, Callum Sheedy and Willis Halaholo.

As for Italy, Pembrokeshire-born Gloucester scrum-half Stephen Varney is fit to start and his return to the side marks one of five changes.

The 19-year-old half-back had been due to start in the third round clash against Ireland but was ruled out due to an injury during the warm-up. He returns to re-form his partnership with fly-half Paolo Garbisi.

Elsewhere, winger Mattia Bellini comes in for Luca Sperandio – who is ruled out for the rest of the Championship with a head injury – as the only other alteration to the back line.

There are then three changes in the pack: Danilo Fischetti and Giosuè Zilocchi form an all-new prop pairing either side of skipper Luca Bigi, while Niccolò Cannone starts over Marco Lazzaroni at lock, while an unchanged trio of Seb Negri, Johan Meyer and Michele Lamaro are named in the back row.

Wales : 15. Liam Williams, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. George North, 12. Jonathan Davies, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies, 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Cory Hill, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements : 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Rhys Carre, 18. Leon Brown, 19. Jake Ball, 20. Aaron Wainwright, 21. Lloyd Williams, 22. Callum Sheedy, 23. Uilisi Halaholo.

Italy : 15. Jacopo Trulla, 14. Mattia Bellini, 13. Juan Ignacio Brex, 12. Carlo Canna, 11. Montanna Ioane, 10. Paolo Garbisi, 9. Stephen Varney, 1. Danilo Fischetti, 2. Luca Bigi (capt), 3. Giosuè Zilocchi, 4. Niccolò Cannone, 5. David Sisi, 6. Sebastian Negri, 7. Johan Meyer, 8. Michele Lamaro.

Replacements : 16. Oliviero Fabiani, 17. Andrea Lovotti, 18. Marco Riccioni, 19. Marco Lazzaroni, 20. Maxime Mbanda, 21. Marcello Violi, 22. Federico Mori, 23. Edoardo Padovani.

What have the coaches said?

Italy head coach Franco Smith: “We are ready to continue our journey facing a team that is aiming to win the Championship.

“We are meeting our goal: to improve our performances and to become more and more competitive match after match. Every week we’re together, staff and players, we are working hard to win.”

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: “We are really looking forward to this weekend and are ready to get out there on Saturday.

“Three from three is a great start but there has been plenty to do and plenty of work-ons.

“We’ve had a two week build up to this game, trained really well in the fallow week and are looking forward to round four.”

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