Italy coach Conor O’Shea says his side do not feel disrespected after Wales coach Warren Gatland decided to make 10 changes for their Six Nations clash on Sunday, BBC report.
Former Wales captain Martyn Williams hinted that Gatland’s changes could fire up their opponents, and former Italy scrum-half Paul Griffen said the selection lacked respect, however, O’Shea, who played under Gatland with Ireland, insisted that his former boss is simply just rotating his squad.
O’Shea has only made one change to his side from the defeat to France, with centre Giulio Bisegni coming in for Tommaso Boni.
When asked about Wales’ squad for the match, O’Shea said:
It’s lovely to make changes when you’ve got the ability to bring in quality, it’s not being disrespectful, you put guys like Liam Williams, George North and Toby Faletau in and they’re rotating their front row around, so there’s nothing in that.
Italy are bottom of the Six Nations table with two games left and are without a win in the competition. They have also suffered 11 successive defeats against their opponents, something O’Shea will be hoping can change come Sunday evening.