History weighted in Wales' favour
March 5, 2012
Wales celebrate Sam Warburton's try in last year's clash © PA Photos
This weekend's Six Nations clash between Wales and Italy at the Millennium Stadium will be the 19th Test meeting between the two sides.
Wales lead the all-time series, that began in 1994, by 15 wins to two and there was a draw at Cardiff in 2006. The most recent meeting of the sides saw Wales edge out a bullish Italy 24-16 victory at the Stadio Flaminio in last year's competition.
Wales have hosted Italy at the Millennium Stadium on six occasions with the first back in 2000 when Wales triumphed 47-16. Their last meeting resulted in an easy 33-10 win for the home side. But Italy's best result at the home of Welsh rugby came back in 2006 when they managed to earn an 18-18 draw.
Wales set the records for the highest score, biggest winning margin and most tries in the series with their 60-21 win in Treviso in 1999 when they scored seven tries. They equalled the margin in their 47-8 Cardiff win on their way to a Grand Slam in 2008.
The best Italian performance of the series was in the 2003 Six Nations when they defeated Wales for the first time - 30-22 in Rome, scoring three tries.
The highest individual contribution to a match in the series is 30 points by Neil Jenkins in the friendly played in Treviso in 1999. Diego Dominguez scored 18 (five penalty goals and a dropped goal) to establish the Italian record in Rome in 2001.
Gareth Thomas created the record for most tries in a match. He crossed four times for Wales in Treviso in 1999. No Italian player has scored more than one try in a match.
Italian prop Salvatore Perugini holds the record for the most appearances in matches between the two sides with 12.
Wales v Italy Six Nations results:
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