Wales team vs Italy, Six Nations 2019: The starting XV

Jonny May was in excellent form for England against Ireland

Jonny May was in excellent form for England against Ireland

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 is a great opportunity for Jon (Davies) as captain".

Italy extended its own record streak with a 19th straight defeat in the Six Nations since 2015.

Wales' 26-15 victory equalled the longest unbeaten run in their 138-year Test match history, making it 11 successive victories and matching the sequence set between 1907 and 1910.

And it was Italy who scored the first points of the second 40, with kicker Tommaso Allan boosting Italy's tally to 10 from the tee.

He was already being asked by rugby writers if it was time to re-embrace Italy's traditionally defensive style of play, based around the scrum, which left less room for errors and occasionally earned the Azzurri a win.

That Wales finished with its least points and tries in Rome in six years didn't worry Gatland, who was far more satisfied with starting the championship with two wins away from home before returning to Cardiff to face title rival England in two weeks.

"I can't fault the boys' effort", he said.

"We were very close in points for 50 minutes where we were fully in the match", O'Shea said.

Scotland was disappointed not to have capitalized on a promising first half, with only a Greig Laidlaw penalty to show for its efforts after the break as handling errors constantly undermined some typically exuberant attacking play. "Hopefully we'll go under the radar".

Thomas Young was good, particularly in the first half.

Gareth Davies, Gareth Anscombe and Hallam Amos provide Wales' backline cover.

Italy already looks consigned to a fourth consecutive wooden spoon. Flanker Aaron Wainwright and scrumhalf Aled Davies received their first Six Nations starts.

Alun Wyn Jones has been rested and will sit on the bench for the clash against tournament underdogs Italy, with Jonathan Davies taking over captaincy duties.

Wales coach Warren Gatland conceded his experimental side "got out of jail" against Italy.

Italy's Angelo Esposito, left, challenges for the ball Wales' Owen Watkin during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide 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.

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