Warburton returns for Italy clash

Date published: September 3 2015

Sam Warburton returns for Wales against Italy on Saturday as Warren Gatland has named a strong side for his final warm-up match.

Warburton has not yet featured in the World Cup warm-ups because of a pinched nerve in his shoulder, but comes into the side to face the Italians.

Elsewhere Cory Allen gets his first start of the preparation games, alongside Scott Williams in midfield.

James King and Dominic Day are included at blindside and lock respectively, while on the bench Kristian Dacey and Ross Moriarty, both left out of the squad for the World Cup, are selected.

The rest of the team is fairly strong, with first choice half-backs Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar starting together, while Tomas Francis continues at tighthead after impressing on debut in Dublin.

He is joined in the front-row by Gethin Jenkins and Ken Owens, with Jake Ball taking the other spot in the second-row in the absence of Alun Wyn Jones, who has a knee injury.

Taulupe Faletau starts at number eight, and in the backs it's a familiar back-three with George North and Alex Cuthbert on the wings and Leigh Halfpenny at full-back.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Scott Williams, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 James King, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Matthew Morgan.

Date: Saturday, September 5
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 17:00 local
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Greg Garner (England), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)