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Wales scores 10 tries during major rout of Romania

AP , CARDIFF, WALES AND ROME

Gareth Thomas of Wales tries to get past Vasile Ghioc and Valentin Maftei of Romania in the Lloyds TSB Autumn series at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Friday. Stephen Jones collected 19 points as Wales crushed Romania 66-7.

PHOTO: AFP

Tom Shanklin scored four of Wales' 10 tries and Stephen Jones collected 19 points as Mike Ruddock's team crushed Romania 66-7 in a rugby union international on Friday.

Fly half Jones was another of the try scorers in a one-sided game at Cardiff Arms Park and converted seven of the others. The Welsh were unable to produce a shutout, however, with Romanian winger Lucian Sirbu crossing for a try just before half time and Ionut Tofan converting.

Cardiff Blues center Shanklin went over the first try in the sixth minute and winger Rhys Williams, fly half Jones, prop Gethin Jenkins and then Shanklin again all went over for converted tries for a 35-0 lead before Sirbu replied.

The Welsh went into half time 35-7 ahead and continued the stream of try-scoring in the second half.

Today, Six Nations champion France hosts Australia, Ireland welcomes South Africa, World Cup holder England receives Canada, New Zealand goes to Italy and Scotland hosts Japan.

Italy coach John Kirwan hopes to surprise by throwing in new teenage winger Matteo Pratichetti against the All Blacks in their rugby union test at Flaminio Stadium on Saturday.

Pratichetti, a center who battles to even start for his senior club side at Calvisano, was drafted from the reserves when Kirwan was forced to make late changes after centers Andrea Masi and Gonzalo Canale failed to pass fitness tests on Friday.

Walter Pozzebon moved in from the left wing to inside center for Masi, and Matteo Barbini replaced Canale at center for his 11th cap.

Pratichetti will make his senior debut on the left wing.

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