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Rugby, Six Nations 2022: Wales under X-rays. Many problems, but Alun Wyn Jones is back


The Guinness Six Nations 2022 will conclude next Saturday with all six formations on the field in a very long afternoon. And if the title is played between Dublin and Paris, the match between the last two of the class, Wales and Italy, will be staged in Cardiff . The Azzurri are mathematically last, with Wales fifth to six points, but credibility for the future will be played at the Principality, in view of the 2023 World Cup in France.

And Wales are a team that, despite the results, should not be underestimated . Champions a year ago, Wales arrived at this Six Nations with many problems, many players out due to injuries and Wayne Pivac struggled to find the right place. Replacing a legend like captain Alun Wyn Jones was not easy and the coach still dreams of finding him at least for the grand final with Italy for which he is among the squads.

Among the players present, however, there are many champions who in Cardiff will be able to put the Azzurri defense in difficulty. From Dan Biggar , opening and captain, to Liam Williams , who with the game on his foot will damn Crowley’s backs, passing through the speed and quality of Alex Cuthbert and Josh Adams . In the melee, on the other hand, the third lines Taulupe Faletau and Josh Navidi , deadly in the meeting points, as well as the props Tomas Francis and Gareth Thomas must be targeted.

WALES – called up

Next: Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Gareth Thomas, Ryan Elias, Dewi Lake, Bradley Roberts, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Ben Carter, Seb Davies, Will Rowlands, Christ Tshiunza, Taine Basham, Josh Navidi, Jac Morgan, Ross Moriarty, James Ratti, Aaron Wainwright, Alun Wyn Jones
Backs: Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar (c), Rhys Priestland, Callum Sheedy, Jonathan Davies, Uilisi Halaholo, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams, Alex Cuthbert, Louis Rees-Zammit, Johnny McNicholl, Liam Williams