Ahead of this Saturday’s Six Nations skirmish between Italia and Wales, I have compiled a list of the 21 results produced by the coming together of Italy and Wales at rugby union. The Italians have only achieved two wins [in Italia] and one draw in Cardiff. All the Wales home matches were at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, unless otherwise stated, while all the Italy home matches took place at the Stadio Flaminio, Rome, unless otherwise stipulated. Happy reading [or not as the case may be].
1st of February 2014: WALES 23 Italy 15
First-half converted tries from Alex Cuthbert and later Scott Williams handed Wales a commanding 17-3 interval lead. Italy fought back, but Wales still won.
23rd of February 2013: Italy 9 WALES 26; at Stadio Olympico, Rome
In a virtual replica to the year before, Wales only led 9-6 at the halfway stage before tries from Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert ensured an away win.
10th of March 2012: WALES 24 Italy 3
Wales were restricted to a 9-3 half-time lead before Jamie Roberts and later Alex Cuthbert scored tries for the grand slam-chasing home team.
26th of February 2011: Italy 16 WALES 24
Canale’s early try was cancelled out by one for Stoddart of Wales. Sam Warburton added another try soon after, helping Wales to a 21-11 interval lead.
20th of March 2010: WALES 33 Italy 10
All four tries came after the interval. James Hook grabbed a pair of tries, then Shane Williams added a third, before Luke McLean scored a late consolation.
14th of March 2009: Italy 15 WALES 20
Marcato kicked five penalties for the hosts, but Wales scored a try in each half, courtesy of Shane Williams followed by a late clincher from Tom Shanklin.
23rd of February 2008: WALES 47 Italy 8
Lee Byrne and Shane Williams shared four tries and Tom Shanklin recorded one too. Stephen Jones kicked four penalties and three conversions.
10th of March 2007: ITALY 23 Wales 20
Both teams scored a converted try in each half, but the difference was that Ramiro Pez kicked three penalties and young James Hook only managed two.
1th of March 2006: Wales 18 Italy 18
Both teams shared four tries in the first half and also shared thirty points too. The parity continued after the interval as each team kicked a penalty.
12th of February 2005: Italy 8 WALES 38
The Welsh divided their points equally in each half as they ran in six tries. Luciano Orquera managed to record a first-half try for Italy, but it was in vain.
27th of March 2004: WALES 44 Italy 10
The wingers Rhys Williams and Shane Williams both grabbed a pair of tries. Stephen Jones converted four of his team’s six tries and kicked two penalties.
25th of October 2003: Italy 15 WALES 27; in Canberra
Wales outscored Italy by three tries to nil, all of which were converted by Iestyn Harris, who also kicked 2 penalties. Italy’s points came from five penalties.
15th of February 2003: ITALY 30 Wales 22
The hooker Carlo Festuccia scored a try on his debut, while Dominguez converted all three tries and kicked two drop goals and a penalty in this famous win.
2nd of March 2002: WALES 44 Italy 20
Stephen Jones converted all five tries and kicked three penalties. Peens and Pez each kicked a conversion and a penalty, but their team was well beaten.
8th of April 2001: Italy 23 WALES 33
Gareth Cooper scored a try on his debut while Scott Gibbs bagged a brace of tries. The lethal duo of Dominguez and Jenkins both kicked eighteen points.
19th of February 2000: WALES 47 Italy 16
Neil Jenkins kicked 27 points, including converting three of his team’s four tries. Italy trailed 30-9 at the interval, but they did later add a converted try.
20th of March 1999: Italy 21 WALES 60; in Treviso
Gareth Thomas bagged four of his team’s seven tries while Neil Jenkins kicked five penalties, five conversions, and scored a try too in a second-half rout.
7th of February 1998: WALES 23 Italy 20; in Llanelli
Jenkins kicked thirteen points and Dominguez kicked ten points. Both teams shared four tries in a contest that showed how competitive Italy had become.
5th of October 1996: Italy 22 WALES 31; at Stadio Olympico, Rome
The fly halves, Dominguez and Jenkins, kicked seventeen and sixteen points respectively. Gareth Thomas grabbed two of his team’s three tries.
16th of January 1996: WALES 31 Italy 26; at National Stadium, Cardiff
Debutant Arwel Thomas and his opposite number Diego Dominguez each kicked four penalties and two conversions. Wales led 21-0 at the interval.
12th of October 1994: WALES 29 Italy 19; at National Stadium, Cardiff
This World Cup qualifier was in the balance at the interval, with Wales leading 15-10. Their ‘hero’ was Neil Jenkins who kicked 7 penalties and a drop goal.