Match Facts

Wales have won 17 of their 20 Six Nations matches against Italy (D1, L2), including their last 12 in a row, their last Championship defeat against the Azzurri came back in 2007.

At home Wales have won 14 of their last 16 games in the Six Nations, their two defeats in that time both coming against England (2015, 2017), they’ve won nine of their 10 games against Italy in Cardiff in the Championship (D1).

Wales come in to the 2019 Six Nations on the back of a Grand Slam in 2019, in fact they’ve won their last seven games in the Championship, only once before have they enjoyed a longer winning run since Italy joined in 2000 (W8, 2007-2009).

Italy have lost their last 22 games in the Six Nations, the longest losing run in the history of the 5/6 Nations, their last win came at Murrayfield against Scotland in 2015, the only place they have recorded an away win in the history of the Championship (also in 2007).

In the 2019 Six Nations Italy had the lowest tackle success rate (86%) whilst Wales had the highest (90%).

Wales were the only Tier 1 side in 2019 that failed to beat 20+ defenders per game, Italy averaged 24.2 per game with Jake Polledri contributing 18% (52/290) of their total despite playing just 463 out of a possible 960 minutes.

Wales achieved a goal kicking success rate of 83% across all their Test matches in 2019, the best rate of any Tier 1 side, Italy had the lowest such rate (64%).

Josh Adams scored 10 tries for Wales in 2019, no player from any nation scored more in the calendar year (Makazole Mapimpi also 10) and only Tom Shanklin (11 in 2004) has scored more in any calendar year for Wales.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has made more tackles (580) than any other player in the history of the Six Nations, second on this list is Italy legend Sergio Parisse (540) who is also the only player to make more than 500 carries in the Championship (785) and is the top metre maker (3,088).

George North (Wales) needs one more try to become the third player to score 20 in the Six Nations (also Brian O’Driscoll 26, Shane Williams 22), North ranks third for breaks (45) behind the same pair and second for defenders beaten (111) behind only O’Driscoll.

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