Gatland rings the changes for Italy

Warren Gatland has changed his starting half-back pairing for Wales’ Six Nations clash with Italy, with Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel getting the nod. James Hook and Mike Phillips, who started the win over Scotland, drop to the bench as part of six changes.

Gatland has also named a whole new front row, with Gethin Jenkins, Rhys Thomas and hooker Matthew Rees given their first starts of the championship. The other change is on the wing where Mark Jones returns for Jamie Roberts, who drops out of the squad completely.

Team
Backs: Lee Byrne (Ospreys), Mark Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues), Gavin Henson (Ospreys), Shane Williams (Ospreys), Stephen Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli Scarlets).
Forwards: Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Matthew Rees (Llanelli Scarlets), Rhys Thomas (Newport Gwent Dragons), Ian Gough (Ospreys), Ian Evans (Ospreys), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt).

Replacements: Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Deiniol Jones (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Delve (Gloucester), Mike Phillips (Ospreys), James Hook (Ospreys), Sonny Parker (Ospreys).