Wales make two changes for Italy game

Cory Hill returns at second-row for Wales
Cory Hill returns at second-row for Wales
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Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has made two changes to the starting line-up for the fourth round of Six Nations clash against Italy.

Hamstring injury to Kieran Hardy sees Gareth Davies starting at scrum half while Cory Hill replaces Adam Beard at second row partnering with skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

Hill's place on the bench has been taken by Jake Ball as he is set to win his 50th cap for Wales while Rhys Carre, Aaron Wainwright and Lloyd Williams also are amongst the replacements.

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

"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 hold the top place in the Six Nations table with three wins from as many games and will look to keep their hope of Grand Slam alive when they face Italy at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

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

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

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