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Wales ready to battle giant-killing Italy on World Cup's opening day
3:05pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Wales captain Craig Kopczak and Italy captain Anthony Minichiello pose with the World Cup trophy. Pictures: SW Pics
WALES head coach Iestyn Harris and Italy coach Carlo Napolitano have named their respective squads for their opening World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday, kick off 4.30pm.
Warrington Wolves’ twins Rhys and Ben Evans are included for Wales, while Wolves' departing winger Rhys Williams and St Helens forward Anthony Walker are also named.
Wales: Neil Budworth, Ross Divorty, Gil Dudson, Jacob Emmitt, Ben Evans, Rhys Evans, Ben Flower, Tyson Frizell, Jordan James, Elliott Kear, Craig Kopczak (C), Rhodri Lloyd, Peter Lupton, Larne Patrick, Matt Seamark, Anthony Walker, Ian Webster, Lloyd White, Rhys Williams.
Italy’s head coach Carlo Napolitano has picked a largely unchanged sqaud from the one that beat England 15-14 last week.
Wolves’ James Saltonstall is replaced by Chris Centrone on the wing, while St Helens’ prop Anthony Laffranchi keeps his place in the front row.
Italy: Anthony Minichiello (C); Joshua Mantellato, James Tedesco, Aiden Guerra, Chris Centrone; Ben Falcone, Ryan Ghietti; Anthony Laffranchi, Dean Parata, Paul Vaughan, Mark Minichiello, Cameron Ciraldo, Joel Riethmuller. Subs: Sam Gardel, Ryan Tramonte, Brendan Santi, Raymond Nasso, Tim Maccan, Gavin Hiscox.