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Round 4 of the 2023 Six Nations gets underway at 14:15 GMT on Saturday with the bottom two sides and the only two win-less teams, Italy and Wales, meeting in Rome. Wales have zero points although Italy have picked up one bonus point across their three matches.
Whatever the result this weekend, there will be more points on the board in the table for one of it not both of the teams. However, a win in this clash on Saturday will go a long way to ensuring the defeated team ends up with the Wooden Spoon in this year’s competition.
Italy vs Wales Preview
Although Italy are still looking for their first win of the campaign, they have caught the eye playing an attacking style of rugby and have been more than competitive in two of their defeats. They went down 24-29 to France in Round 1 before a disappointing 31-14 defeat against England in Twickenham. However, they then gave top of the table Ireland a few scares only to lose 20-34 in Round 3.
The hosts will come into this game with confidence after ending a run of 16 successive defeats against Wales with a famous 22-21 victory at the Millenium Stadium last March.
Wales have been very disappointing in the competition, scoring only 10 points in both home game defeats to England and Ireland combined with a 35-7 thrashing away at Scotland. With a trip to Paris next weekend to conclude their campaign, this game is their only realistic chance of avoiding five defeats. Coach Warren Gatland has announced six changes to his team ahead of this match in a bid to turn their 2023 Six Nations around.
Where to Watch Italy vs Wales
If you don’t have a ticket at the Stadio Olimpico, fear not, you can follow every pass, tackle and try on TV or online as follows:
- TV channel in the UK: ITV1
- Live stream in the UK: ITVX app, or ITV website