Lydiate assumes Wales captaincy from injured Warburton

March 15, 2016

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Dan Lydiate will captain Wales for the first time in a test match when Wales concludes its Six Nations rugby campaign against Italy on Saturday.

Lydiate takes over from Sam Warburton, who sustained a concussion during last weekend's 25-21 loss to England at Twickenham.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland made four changes from the England match, with Justin Tipuric replacing Warburton, lock Luke Charteris in for Alun Wyn Jones, scrum half Rhys Webb replacing Gareth Davies and wing Hallam Amos taking over from Alex Cuthbert.

The Welsh Rugby Union says Jones has a heel problem, while Cuthbert is nursing a foot injury.