Young to make Wales Six Nations debut in Italy

France v Wales – Guinness Six Nations – Stade De France

Wasps flanker Thomas Young will make his Wales Six Nations debut against Italy on Saturday as one of 10 changes to the side that won in Paris, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.

"We were looking at the bigger picture, we wanted to everyone an opportunity to be involved in the first two games", the New Zealander said. Probably part of that is that we didn't have the continuity that we would have if we hadn't made so many changes.

We didn't really get out of jail.

"Italy will be hurting after last weekend", he said.

"It wasn't a great performance today but sometimes you have to win ugly", said Gatland. We weren't as accurate as we could. You're not always brilliant, and we weren't, but we will be a lot better against England.

We're two from two and we have a couple of weeks of training before England and this sets us up nicely for that match.

Wales looked to be cruising in the opening half an hour with Biggar slotting four penalties, the first within the first two minutes, as the visitors dominated possession.

Wales: 15-L Williams; 14-Holmes, 13-J Davies (c), 12-Watkin, 11-J Adams; 10-Biggar, 9-A Davies; 1-N Smith, 2-Dee, 3-Lee, 4-Ball, 5-Beard, 6-Wainwright, 7-Young, 8-Navidi.

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Gatland emptied his bench in the second half with regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones coming on late and his imposing presence provided a boost.

ITALY - J Hayward; E Padovani, M Campagnaro, L Morisi, A Esposito; T Allan, G Palazzani; N Quaglio, L Ghiraldini, S Ferrari; D Sisi, D Budd; S Negri, A Jurgens Steyn, S Parisse.

Italy followed their loss to Scotland in Murrayfield by extending their losing streak in the competition going back to February 2015.

"Obviously we're very disappointed it was a match in which we had our chance in the second half", said Italy coach Conor O'Shea.

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.

But it didn't all fall in favour of the Welsh side, as Italy powered to the try line just before the break to score the game's first five-pointer as Braam Steyn touched down following an Italian line out.

But, seven months out from the World Cup in Japan, Gatland was satisfied to be heading back to Cardiff - and a date with England in a fortnight - with two wins in the bag.

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