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Italy v Wales match facts

Wales begin their RBS 6 Nations campaign away to Italy on Sunday.

Here is a look at some key facts surrounding the fixture:

:: The countries have met on 24 occasions. Wales lead the series 21-2, with one draw.

:: Wales' record win was a 67-14 triumph in Cardiff last year, while Italy boast a best of 30-22 in 2003.

:: The only drawn Test between Italy and Wales produced an 18-18 scoreline in Cardiff 11 years ago.

:: Wales have scored a total of 118 points on their three previous visits to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

:: Italy have not beaten Wales since 2007, losing 10 successive Tests.

:: Head coach Conor O'Shea will take charge of Italy for the first time in a Six Nations game on Sunday.

:: Lock Alun Wyn Jones will captain Wales on Sunday after taking over as skipper from flanker Sam Warburton.

:: Jones is the only starting line-up survivor from the last Wales team beaten by Italy 10 years ago.

:: Italy have won just 12 of their 85 Six Nations Tests since the tournament was expanded to accommodate them in 2000.

:: Italy will field 10 of the team that gave the Azzurri a first victory over South Africa earlier this season.


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