Sam Warburton at blindside flanker for Wales against Italy in Six Nations

• Justin Tipuric retains No7 shirt and Jake Ball partners Alun Wyn Jones
• Taulupe Faletau and Luke Charteris both miss out with injuries

The former Wales captain Sam Warburton will start at blindside flanker in Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome. Justin Tipuric retains the No7 shirt for their side’s opener at the Stadio Olimpico, with Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty completing the back row and Scarlets’ lock Jake Ball chosen as the new skipper Alun Wyn Jones’s second-row partner.

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