Five Ospreys to face Italy

There are five Ospreys in Wales’ matchday 23 to play Italy in the final RWC warm-up on Saturday (5.00pm KO), with three named in the starting line-up.

Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and James King are in the XV, while props Paul James and Aaron Jarvis are on the bench.

“With our opening Rugby World Cup fixture just two weeks away, this weekend is important run-out and opportunity for fine tuning,” said Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.

“We were happy with the performance away from home in Ireland last weekend, but there are plenty of things we need to work on from that victory so we will be looking to put those in place on Saturday.

“We’ve made a couple of changes to try a few new combinations and ensure players get some more game time under their belts.”

In addition to the RWC 31-man squad, Kristian Dacey and Ross Moriarty have remained with the Wales camp and will look to win their second caps this weekend.


Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Cory Allen (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), George North (Northampton), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Dominic Day (Bath), James King (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues) (Capt), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: Kristian Dacey (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Ospreys), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Bath), Matthew Morgan (Bristol).