Wales out to redress the balance in Rome
February 21, 2011
Italy's Alessandro Zanni is wrapped up by the Wales defence during their clash in Rome in 2009 © Getty Images
This weekend's Six Nations clash between Wales and Italy at the Stadio Flaminio will be the 18th Test meeting between the two sides.
Wales lead the all-time series, that began in 1994, by 14 wins to two and there was a draw at Cardiff in 2006. The most recent meeting of the sides saw Wales cruise to a 33-10 victory at the Millennium Stadium in last year's Six Nations.
Italy have played host to Wales at the Stadio Flaminio on five previous occasions and notched shock victories in 2003 and 2007. They also came close to another upset on their last visit in 2009 when a try from replacement Tom Shanklin spared the visitors' blushes.
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.
Diego Dominguez, who appeared in eight of the matches, holds the Italian scoring record with 112 points. The late Ivan Francescato and Carlo Checchinato, the current Italian team manager, each scored two tries in the matches.
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