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Wales call up scrumhalf Davies, lock Hill for Italy Six Nations trip

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Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has made two changes for Saturday's Six Nations fixture against Italy in Rome as he looks to make it four wins from four.

Gareth Davies takes over from his injured Scarlets colleague Kieran Hardy, while second-row Cory Hill starts instead of Adam Beard.

Victory over the Azzurri would tighten Wales' grip on the Six Nations title race following their Triple Crown-clinching success against England and also leave them one win away from achieving a second Grand Slam in three seasons.

Hardy suffered a hamstring injury during the England game after earlier scoring a try in the 40-24 triumph.

Hill impressed with a scoring contribution after being used as a replacement, and he now partners captain Alun Wyn Jones.

Changes on the bench include places for Cardiff Blues prop Rhys Carre and Scarlets lock Jake Ball, who will win his 50th cap if he is brought on at the Stadio Olimpico.

Carre replaces Rhodri Jones, who has been released from the Wales squad after suffering a calf muscle injury in training.

"We are really looking forward to this weekend and are ready to get out there on Saturday," said Pivac.

"Three (wins) from three is a great start, but there has been plenty to do and plenty of work-ons.

"We've had a two-week build-up to this game, trained really well in the fallow week and are looking forward to round four."

Wales have not lost to Italy since 2007, while the Azzurri last tasted Six Nations success against any opponent when they beat Scotland at Murrayfield six years ago.

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Italy

TBA

Wales

15 Liam Williams; 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Jonathan Davies, 11 Josh Adams; 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies; 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Josh Navidi; 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Cory Hill; 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Leon Brown, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Wainwright, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Callum Sheedy, 23 Willis Halaholo

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