Priestland at 10, Warburton on bench for Wales

Rhys Priestland will lead Wales attack on Saturday as they kick off their Six Nations campaign against Italy at the Millennium Stadium.
The Scarlets fly-half got the nod over Ospreys Dan Biggar in what was the only questions about Warren Gatland’s side.
has been handed a start at fly-half over Dan Biggar in Warren Gatland’s squad to face Italy on Saturday.
Captain Sam Warburton who spent the past two months on the sidelines nursing a shoulder injury is fit but starts on the bench handing the arm band to lock Alun-Wyn Jones.
Osprey Justin Tipuric gets another start at openside and will link up with Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau in the back row.
With Gethin Jenkins and Jonathan Davies out injured, Scarlet Scott Williams and Bath’s Paul Jones are called in at loosehead and centre..
“We are looking for a good start, we started slowly last year and know we need to be ready from the off,” Gatland said.
“Italy started last year’s tournament with a win over France so they will be ready on Saturday and we need to start well and build confidence and momentum.
“It’s a strong, experienced side, but there was a lot of discussion about the selection which is a great position to be in as a coach.
“We’ve almost everyone fit for selection which is pretty rare. Alun Wyn will lead the side with Sam starting on the bench and he has come through training well.”
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, George North; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones; Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones (Capt.); Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau.
Replacements: Ken Owens, Ryan Bevington, Rhodri Jones, Andrew Coombs, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, James Hook, Liam Williams.

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