Warburton on Wales’s bench

WALES are set to start their RBS Six Nations title defence on Saturday with captain Sam Warburton named among the replacements as he continues to recuperate from a shoulder injury.

Second-row Alun Wyn Jones instead leads the side against Italy at the Millennium Stadium, while Ospreys’ Justin Tipuric starts ahead of Warburton at open-side flanker.

Coach Warren Gatland said: “We are looking for a good start. We started slowly last year and we need to be ready from the off.”