Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar will together reach the main breakthrough in the Six Nations final in Wales against Italy. Jones, 36, is recovering from a shoulder injury and will win his 150th game in Wales in his first game since October. Biggar has retained the captaincy and will become the seventh Wales player to make 100 caps for his country. Six Nations 2022 fans can buy Wales Vs Italy Tickets from our website.
The 32-year-old follows in the footsteps of Jones, George North, Gareth Thomas, Gethin Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Martyn Williams.
Head coach Wayne Pivac made seven changes to the team that beat France 13-9 last Friday.
Louis Rees-Zammit, Willis Halaholo, Johnny McNicholl and Gareth Davies have been recalled to the backline. While Dewi Lake, Dillon Lewis and last year’s hero Lions captain Jones are the strikers.
Jonathan Davies, Tomas Williams, Ryan Elias, Liam Williams, Tomas Francis, Alex Cuthbert and Will Rowlands leave the grid.
Northampton’s halftime breaks Biggar will once again captain the team, with Gareth Davies replacing Tomas Williams with a head injury at halftime from Scrum.
Biggar renowned his 100th international cap in February’s win over Scotland, with his Wales cap plus three England and Ireland Tests.
World record holder Jones started in the second row with Osprey teammate Adam Beard, with Rowlands on the bench.
For the second time in less than a year. The veteran defied medical predictions for an early return to the game.
He captained the Lions in the Test series against South Africa last summer after quickly overcoming a shoulder injury.
After sorrow another shoulder problem in Wales’ autumn test against New Zealand five months ago. He had to undergo two surgeries. Many predictions suggest Jones may struggle to play again this season.
But he is back and ready to win his 150th Wales cap in his 12 Lions Tests, expanding his world cap to 162 international appearances.
“I know that he has been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We say what a great achievement it is for other players to make 100 appearances, and for Wyn Jones.”
“Something no other player has ever done, who also hit the 150 appearance milestone. For him to attain that with Wyn Jones, I think it’s fitting that these two share the day.
“They gave a lot to the game in Wales, they played a lot of rugby together and respected each other.”
Wales: McNicholl; Halaholo, Adams; Biggar (capt.), G Davies, Rees-Zammit, Lewis, Beard, AW Jones, Watkin; Navidi, Faletau, Thomas, Lake, S Davies.
Replacements: Roberts, Rowlands, Moriarty, Sheedy, Tompkins, Hardy W Jones, L Brown.