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Post by maestegmafia Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:26 pm

SIX NATIONS: ITALY V WALES
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Date: Saturday 23 February Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One Wales, BBC One HD, Red Button and online; listen on BBC Radio Wales & online and BBC Radio Cymru; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; watch again on BBC iPlayer; highlights on Sunday's Scrum V

Wales team to face Italy:

Leigh Halfpenny. Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Andrew Coombs, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones (captain), Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau

Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Craig Mitchell, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Scott Williams.



Italian Team to Face Wales:

Andrea Masi (Wasps); Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (La Rochelle), Luke McLean (Treviso); Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso); Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester, capt), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Simone Favaro (Treviso), Manoa Vosawai (Treviso).
Replacements: Davide Giazzon (Zebre), Alberto De Marchi (Treviso), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Quentin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Tobias Botes (Treviso), Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre).


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Post by 100%beefy Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:32 pm

I just hope that whatever happens on the day, no one is rude to the referee Whistle

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Post by Cyril Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:48 am

100%beefy wrote:I just hope that whatever happens on the day, no one is rude to the referee Whistle
On here or in the game? 30-day bans would mean a quiet forum for a while Laugh

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Post by maestegmafia Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:10 pm

Italians announce their team with Castro as Capitano

Andrea Masi (Wasps); Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (La Rochelle), Luke McLean (Treviso); Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso); Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester, capt), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Simone Favaro (Treviso), Manoa Vosawai (Treviso).

Replacements: Davide Giazzon (Zebre), Alberto De Marchi (Treviso), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Quentin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Tobias Botes (Treviso), Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre).

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Post by maestegmafia Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:10 pm

Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni will lead Italy in the absence of banned number eight Sergio Parisse for Saturday's Six Nations game with Wales.

Stade Francais' Parisse is out of the tournament after being suspended for 30 days for insulting a match referee.

Manoa Vosawai comes in at number eight amid four changes to the side that lost 34-10 to Scotland in the last round.

Kristopher Burton and Edoardo Gori form a new half-back pairing, with Antonio Pavanello at lock.

Burton takes over at fly-half from Luciano Orquera, who starred in their opening win over France in Paris, while Tobias Botes loses his scrum-half spot to Gori.
Orquera and Botes drop to the bench as coach Jacques Brunel seeks an improvement on their showing at Murrayfield on 9 February.

Quintin Geldenhuys also moves to the bench as he makes way for Pavanello. Fiji-born Vosawai is among six members of Treviso's pack to start against unchanged Wales.

"It's a really big responsibility to get into Sergio's shoes - they are big shoes to fill," Vosawai said.

"This is something I'm really looking forward to. It's a great opportunity for me."
Castrogiovanni will lead the Azzurri while winning his 94th cap.

Parisse was sent off in Stade Francais' French Top 14 game against Bordeaux-Begles last Saturday and will miss Italy's matches against Wales, England and Ireland.

However, the captaincy is not new to Castrogiovanni, having led Italy in their 2012 Six Nations game against Scotland.

Italy have beaten Wales on two previous Six Nations occasions in Rome - in 2003 and 2007 - and it will be the countries' first championship meeting at Stadio Olimpico.

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Post by wales606 Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:52 pm

The weather is awful in the U20s game

That makes me a bit pessimistic about seeing much of an open game tomorrow, and increases Italy's chances. :/
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Post by maestegmafia Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:11 am

Weather is not so bad here this morning but heavy rain likely later according to the hotel

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Post by Pal Joey Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:10 am

Hope you're having a nice time there, maes. Best of luck later on today.
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Post by bsando Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:50 am

Right welsh fans, I've got a tenner on Wales to win both halves, which is what they did two years ago. Despite Italy's marked improvement as a team, I think a welsh side with the wind in their sails could be a handful.

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Post by wales606 Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:02 pm

I've got Wales to win the second half -6. Should be fairly safe, although the weather is worrying.
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Post by thebluesmancometh Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:19 pm

bsando

I wouldn't have bet the same (although I hope your right)

Getting nervous now, going to take the dogs out for a run (then they'll hise away up on my bed when they hear a starting whistle) and sitting down with a whiskey!


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Post by 100%beefy Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:23 pm

Weather makes me nervous....if it turns into an arm wrestle we are lead footed enough to get sucked in to a battle of attrition up front.....we need to take the initiative early instead of chasing which in poor condiitions will mean errors

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Post by IanBru Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:07 pm

There's a real pleasure in watching a match where you don't particularly mind who wins - you can revel in the sheer beauty of the game.

Best of luck to both teams!
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Post by 100%beefy Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:10 pm

Bugger the beauty...COME ON WALES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by maestegmafia Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:10 pm

IanBru wrote:There's a real pleasure in watching a match where you don't particularly mind who wins - you can revel in the sheer beauty of the game.

Best of luck to both teams!

Cheers.

Hopefully both can play at their best. There has been a lot of rain and it may effect the game. Brilliant atmosphere..

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Post by LemonyVodka5 Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:13 pm

100%beefy wrote:Bugger the beauty...COME ON WALES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I now have a vision of Katherine Jenkins walking like John Wayne.... Shocked

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Post by nobbled Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:17 pm

Looks very mucky out there. Going to a big battle up front.
Any nerves from the Welsh fans?
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Post by Guest Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:20 pm

Nobbled, yes. There is no clear favourite in this. Wales have had an awful run, but beat a France team in disarray. Italy have been playing very well at home. We've both only got the win against the same team (France) going into this. Italy being at home perhaps makes them favourites. So yes, very nervous.

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:23 pm

Afternoon All coffee

Well, the U20s match went ahead in a quagmire last night and Wales managed a win. Hopefully the grown ups can do the same!

Ha! I didn't notice George North's dad jumping on him during the post try celebrations against France. Laugh

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:27 pm

Jebus boys, I know you like singing the anthem, but I wish they'd switch the mic off by you when you do. Laugh

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Post by nobbled Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:30 pm

Italians look really pumped up! Good luck Wales.
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Post by IanBru Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:31 pm

Cari wrote:Jebus boys, I know you like singing the anthem, but I wish they'd switch the mic off by you when you do. Laugh
Ha ha, yes.

I can only assume there was a poor link up between the microphones of the band and the Welsh players.

What I'm saying is, I have much more faith in Welsh musicality (i.e. ability to stay in time) than I do with Italian TV producers!

Then again, awesome anthem from the Italians - great rendition.
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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:33 pm

Ah they had about 60'000 on backing vocals. Wink

Jebus it's wazzing...worse than anything we get in Wales!

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Post by IanBru Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:34 pm

Cari wrote:Ah they had about 60'000 on backing vocals. Wink
Yeah, that would help!

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Post by thebluesmancometh Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:34 pm

Too much focus on Roberts already from wales!!!

From the lineout - nowhere near.

2nd phase from the free kick - Behind him!!

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Post by Guest Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:35 pm

5 mistakes in 2 minutes!

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Post by stub Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:36 pm

Yes, good luck Wales. Think that you should run out comfortable winners in the end...

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Post by nathan Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:36 pm

the ref is giving nothings to italy here, Wales not rolling away there.

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:37 pm

Great footage BBC. Jiffy says the free kick was great and we don't see it. Rolling Eyes Andrew Cotter has gone off to be sick I think.

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Post by Guest Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:38 pm

Jiffy main commentator all game!

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:38 pm

Jiffy's not very good commentating on his own is he?

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Post by nathan Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:38 pm

what rubbish reffing, wales number 2 in at the side.

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Post by thebluesmancometh Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:39 pm

Lineout calls = pathetic, front man ball with a loop on the blind side??? U14's teams could read that!!!

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Post by nathan Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:39 pm

Cari wrote:Jiffy's not very good commentating on his own is he?

we are getting some very long pauses.

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Post by Guest Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:39 pm

Now this will be biased commentating!

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Post by IanBru Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:39 pm

Griff wrote:Jiffy main commentator all game!
It's happening.

Asteroids? Horses in our meals? Scotland scoring tries? Jiffy commentating?

All happening.

Might be time to stock up on canned goods.
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Post by 100%beefy Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:40 pm

this may come down to who makes fewest mistakes in bad conditions

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Post by nobbled Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:40 pm

nathan wrote:what rubbish reffing, wales number 2 in at the side.

Yeah the Italian Captain had a word.
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Post by thebluesmancometh Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:40 pm

nathan... Laugh

So williams and Jiffy are on to comentate??? Oh dear.

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Post by Looseheaded Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:40 pm

Shane's here!

This is going to be more of a fanchat than a commentary highpoint
ah well

*drinks*

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Post by stub Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:40 pm

IanBru wrote:
Griff wrote:Jiffy main commentator all game!
It's happening.

Asteroids? Horses in our meals? Scotland scoring tries? Jiffy commentating?

All happening.

Might be time to stock up on canned goods.

Ha ha!

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:41 pm

Shane's in to talk with Jiffy...they might start to siarad y Gymraeg in a minute.

Italian penalty. Burton should kick this as well.

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Post by thebluesmancometh Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:42 pm

I wish jiffy and Shane would just relax, have a bit of a laugh mun, stop trying so hard!!!

I can feel the nerves through the TV, is there alternative comentary?

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:42 pm

3-3 at ten minutes.

Shane's awful quiet...bring back Andrew Cotter. If he's got the trots, stick him on a commode.

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Post by nathan Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:43 pm

thebluesmancometh wrote:nathan... Laugh

So williams and Jiffy are on to comentate??? Oh dear.

whatever....

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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:43 pm

thebluesmancometh wrote:I wish jiffy and Shane would just relax, have a bit of a laugh mun, stop trying so hard!!!

I can feel the nerves through the TV, is there alternative comentary?

It's also live on S4C.


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Post by Peter Seabiscuit Wheeler Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:43 pm

Its more like local radio commentary.

Expert opinion on the scrum:
JD "Its really hard to know what goes on in that department"
Sir SW " I cant help you there Jon"

Brilliant

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Post by nobbled Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:43 pm

Wow Italy on the charge!
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Post by Cari Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:44 pm

It's like listening to two boys down the pub.

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Post by Looseheaded Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:45 pm

So we've got the two most talented hobbits in rugby discussing the scrum.

outstanding

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