Wales v Italy winners and losers - major questions asked of Wayne Pivac's future as Welsh rugby returns to the dark old days 

Written by Sidhanta

A Welsh captain once revealed he’d lock himself in his house with curtains drawn until the Wednesday after a bad Test defeat. The goldfish bowl and all that. 

It’s not known if any of the class of ‘22 will consider such a course after Saturday’s calamitous 22-21 setback against Italy. 

Questions will now be asked about where Wayne Pivac’s side go from here, with the display far and away the worst of the New Zealander’s reign as head coach so far. 

Let’s start with a statement of the obvious: Italy haven’t chased away the problems of Italian rugby in the space of 80 minutes.  

Even so, their victory over Wales could not have been more timely. They had gone 36 Six Nations matches without winning. 

Rather than watch the Azzurri play out all those defeats, anyone wanting to spend his or her time in a different way could have run five four-hour marathons, 

Italy have waited that long for a success in the competition. There were calls for them to be kicked out or at least forced to justify their place via a playoff with the top side in European rugby’s tier two. 

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