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19 February 2013, 2:46pm

James on the bench for Italy clash

Having been part of a dominant forward display in the bonus point win over London Irish last Saturday, Paul James has retained his place on the bench for Wales this Saturday.

Interim head coach Rob Howley has made just two changes to the 23-man squad who will face Italy in the RBS 6 Nations following victory over France, with both Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones returning from injury and coming onto the bench.

"We announced last week that we would reward the starting XV that beat France by keeping faith with the same line-up for this weekend's game," said Howley.

"The side is fit and raring to go and on the bench we have brought in Sam (Warburton) and Alun Wyn (Jones), who have both returned from injury which is a boost to the squad.

"In France the players showed real determination and resilience and we will need that again in Rome.

"Italy have already showed so far in this campaign what they are capable of, so we know the challenge we will be facing on Saturday."

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Andrew Coombs, Ian Evans, Ryan Jones (captain), Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Craig Mitchell, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Scott Williams.

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