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Holmes two from two for Wales

Leicester Tigers full-back Jonah Holmes made it two international wins from two as Wales overcame Italy in Rome last weekend.

Holmes was one of ten changes made by Wales head coach Warren Gatland for the second round match, starting at 14 for his Six Nations debut.

The 26-15 victory over the Azzurri was a record equalling 11th consecutive win, and Holmes will hope to be involved again when Wales host England at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, February 23.

Gatland told the Welsh rugby union website: “We wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games.

“I think that's probably the best Italian performance I've seen since I've been in charge of Wales. I thought Italy played exceptionally well and the best part of their game was their defence.

“They're a tough team to break down here in Rome.”

“Coming away with a win is the most satisfying thing.”

Holmes revealed last week how playing in front of the #TigersFamily at Welford Road had prepared him for match day at the Principality Stadium.

“Welford Road is one of the best places to play rugby,” he said.

“The fans are amazing and loud, and they'll get stuck into you if you're rubbish and cheer you on if you're doing something good.

“So once I got my shot at the Principality Stadium last year for Wales, you could say I was half prepared for that level of passion.”

The Six Nations now takes a week’s break before round three kicks off next Saturday, February 23 when France host Scotland in Paris (2.15pm) and England look to end Wales’ record run in Cardiff at 4.45pm.

Italy then welcome reigning Six Nations champions Ireland to the Stadio Olimpico for the final fixture of the weekend at 3.00pm on Sunday, February 24.