Wayne Pivac's side end their campaign by losing to the Azzurri
Wales Six Nations Squad 2022
Italy stunned Wales 22-21 to end their losing run in the Six Nations that dates back to 2015. And it was their first-ever win over Wales in Wales, sealed by a last-minute Edoardo Padavani try that was converted by Paolo Garbisi.
A Josh Adams try, which followed scores from Owen Watkin and Dewi Lake, looked to have secured the victory for Wales but Italy struck back in the closing stages for a famous victory.
Wales team to face Italy – Saturday 19 March
Johnny McNicholl; Louis Rees-Zammit, Owen Watkin, Uilisi Halaholo, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar (captain), Gareth Davies; Gareth Thomas, Dewi Lake, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Seb Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Bradley Roberts, Wyn Jones, Leon Brown, Will Rowlands, Ross Moriarty, Kieran Hardy, Callum Sheedy, Nick Tompkins.
Wales 9-13 France
Dan Biggar’s kicking game tested the tournament favourites while the hosts dominated territory and possession in the second half, but they couldn’t get across the whitewash and lost 13-9 at the Principality Stadium.
Wales will be pleased with how they disrupted France’s game but frustrated they couldn’t get the breakthrough that would have resulted in a win.
Wales team to face France – Friday 11 March
Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Owen Watkin, Jonathan Davies, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar (captain), Tomos Williams; Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, Josh Navidi, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Dewi Lake, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Ross Moriarty, Jac Morgan, Kieran Hardy, Gareth Anscombe, Louis Rees-Zammit
England 23-19 Wales
A late Kieran Hardy try from a quick tap penalty led to a tense finish to Wales’ Six Nations match at Twickenham but they ultimately lost 23-19 to England.
Wales trailed 17-0 early in the second half following four Marcus Smith penalties and an Alex Dombrandt try, but Josh Adams and Nick Tompkins scored in quick succession to make it 17-12.
Smith slotted a couple more penalties before Hardy darted over in the final minute and Dan Biggar’s quick conversion meant there was time for a restart. Wales retained possession for several minutes but were unable to threaten the England line and a Maro Itoje turnover allowed the hosts to kick the ball out to ensure the win.
Wales team to face England – Saturday 26 February
Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Owen Watkin, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar (captain), Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Dewi Lake, Gareth Thomas, Leon Brown, Seb Davies, Jac Morgan, Kieran Hardy, Gareth Anscombe, Jonathan Davies.
Wales 20-17 Scotland
Wales bounced back from last week’s defeat by Ireland to pip Scotland 20-17 in their second-round Six Nations match in Cardiff.
It was a tight encounter, with the scores locked at 14-14 at half-time, a Darcy Graham try and three Finn Russell penalties matched by a Tomas Francis try and three Dan Biggar penalties.
It was 17-17 going into the final quarter following another kick from each of the fly-halves – then came the drama. Russell was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on and following the subsequent penalties Biggar slotted a 70th-minute drop-goal that proved decisive.
Wales team to play Scotland – Saturday 12 February
Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Owen Watkin, Nick Tompkins, Louis Rees-Zammit; Dan Biggar (captain), Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Taine Basham, Jac Morgan, Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: Dewi Lake, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Aaron Wainwright, Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy, Jonathan Davies
Ireland 29-7 Wales
Wales’ Six Nations title defence started with a whimper as they lost 29-7 to Ireland in Dublin.
Andrew Conway scored a brace in Ireland’s bonus-point win while Bundee Aki and Garry Ringrose also crossed as Wales had little answer for the power and precision of the hosts’ attack.
Taine Basham got a late try but it was of little consolation to Wales.
Wales team to play Ireland – Saturday 5 February
Liam Williams; Johnny McNicholl, Josh Adams, Nick Tompkins, Louis Rees-Zammit; Dan Biggar (captain), Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Ellis Jenkins, Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright.
Replacements: Dewi Lake, Gareth Thomas, Dillon Lewis, Ben Carter, Ross Moriarty, Gareth Davies, Callum Sheedy, Owen Watkin.
Wales Six Nations Squad 2022
Wales lifted the Six Nations trophy last year and now Wayne Pivac has named his squad for their title defence.
Dan Biggar will captain the squad during the championship and could win his 100th cap for Wales if he plays in all five games.
Pivac said: “In terms of captaincy we’ve named Dan Biggar. With the experience missing with some players out injured, we wanted someone who had experienced the competition on a number of occasions and knows the rigours of it. He gives us that – he has 95 Wales caps and he’s toured with the British & Irish Lions.
“Dan has the respect of the other players and management so we think he’ll do a great job.”
Those players unavailable due to injury include Elliott Dee, Taulupe Faletau, Leigh Halfpenny, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Josh Macleod, Josh Navidi, George North, Ken Owens, Justin Tipuric and Johnny Williams.
There are three uncapped players in Pivac’s 36-man squad – hooker Dewi Lake and back-row Jac Morgan, both of the Ospreys, as well as Cardiff loose forward James Ratti.
Taine Basham (2 Nov 1999/Dragons/Flanker/2021 v Canada/10)
Adam Beard (7 Jan 1996/Ospreys/Lock/2017 v Samoa/33 (+1 for Lions))
Leon Brown (26 Oct 1996/Dragons/Prop/2017 v Australia/17)
Rhys Carre (8 Feb 1998/Cardiff/Prop/2019 v Ireland/16)
Ben Carter (23 Jan 2001/Dragons/Lock/2021 v Canada/6)
Seb Davies (17 May 1996/Cardiff/Lock or Flanker/2017 v Tonga/17)
Ryan Elias (7 Jan 1995/Scarlets/Hooker/2017 v Tonga/28)
Tomas Francis (27 Apr 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Prop/2015 v Ireland/65)
Ellis Jenkins (29 Apr 1993/Cardiff/Flanker/2016 v New Zealand/15)
Wyn Jones (26 Feb 1992/Scarlets/Prop/2017 v Tonga/43 (+1 for Lions))
Dewi Lake (16 May 1999/Ospreys/Hooker/2022 v Ireland/5)
Dillon Lewis (4 Jan 1996/Cardiff/Prop/2017 v Tonga/37)
Jac Morgan (21 Jan 2000/Ospreys/Back-row/2022 v Scotland/4)
Ross Moriarty (18 Apr 1994/Dragons/Flanker/2015 v Ireland/54)
James Ratti (14 Oct 1997/Cardiff/Back-row/Uncapped)
Bradley Roberts (4 Jan 1996/Ulster/Hooker/2021 v South Africa/2)
Will Rowlands (19 Sep 1991/Wasps/Lock/2020 v France/18)
Gareth Thomas (1 Sep 1993/Ospreys/Prop/2021 v Canada/9)
Christ Tshiunza (9 Jan 2002/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/2021 v Fiji/2) replaced by Taulupe Faletau (12 Nov 1990/Bath Rugby/Back-row/2011 v Barbarians/89 (+5 for Lions)) due to a hamstring injury
Aaron Wainwright (25 Sep 1997/Dragons/Back-row/2018 v Argentina/36)
Josh Adams (21 Apr 1995/Cardiff/Wing/2018 v Scotland/39 (+1 for Lions))
Gareth Anscombe (10 May 1991/Ospreys/Fly-half or full-back/2015 v Ireland/32)
Dan Biggar (16 Oct 1989/Northampton Saints/Fly-half/2008 v Canada/100 (+3 for Lions))
Alex Cuthbert (5 Apr 1990/Ospreys/Wing/2011 v Australia/51 (+1 for Lions))
Gareth Davies (18 Aug 1990/Scarlets/Scrum-half/2014 v South Africa/69)
Jonathan Davies (5 Apr 1988/Scarlets/Centre/2009 v Canada/96 (+6 for Lions))
Uilisi Halaholo (6 Jul 1990/Cardiff/Centre/2021 v Scotland/10)
Kieran Hardy (30 Nov 1995/Scarlets/Scrum-half/2020 v Georgia/11)
Johnny McNicholl (24 Sep 1990/Scarlets/Full-back or wing/2020 v Italy/10)
Rhys Priestland (7 Jan 1987/Cardiff/Fly-half/2001 v Scotland/52)
Louis Rees-Zammit (2 Feb 2001/Gloucester Rugby/2020 v France/16)
Callum Sheedy (28 Oct 1995/Bristol Bears/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/15)
Nick Tompkins (16 Feb 1995/Saracens/Centre/2020 v Italy/20)
Owen Watkin (12 Oct 1996/Ospreys/Centre/2017 v Australia/31)
Tomos Williams (1 Jan 1995/Cardiff/Scrum-half/2018 v South Africa/34)
Liam Williams (9 Apr 1991/Scarlets/Full-back or wing/2012 v Barbarians/79 (+5 for Lions))
Wales Six Nations Fixtures 2022
(All kick-off times are GMT)
Sat 5 February, Ireland 29-7 Wales Andrew Conway scores brace in Six Nations opener
Sat 12 February, Wales 20-17 Scotland Wales snatch dramatic win with Dan Biggar drop-goal
Sat 26 February, England 23-19 Wales England hold off Wales in frantic second half
Fri 11 March, Wales 9-13 France France keep Grand Slam dream alive with narrow win over Wales
Sat 19 March, Wales 21-22 Italy Italy stun Wales 22-21 to end losing run
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