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Dan Lydiate sits out Wales training ahead of Italy clash

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Captain Dan Lydiate missed Wales' final training session in Cardiff on Friday ahead of their RBS 6 Nations finale against Italy.

Lydiate remained at the team hotel due to what Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde described as an "ankle irritation," but McBryde added that it was purely a precautionary measure ahead of Saturday's clash.

The Ospreys flanker, who is not classed as a doubt for the Italy game, has taken over as skipper from Sam Warburton, who was ruled out of the Principality Stadium encounter while he recovers from concussion.

Wales will secure second place in the Six Nations behind England if they post a 10th successive victory over Italy.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made four changes following last weekend's title-ending defeat against England, handing starts to wing Hallam Amos, scrum-half Rhys Webb, lock Luke Charteris and flanker Justin Tipuric.