Wales under-21's make five changes, two positional, from the side that defeated England at Neath a fortnight ago, when they take on Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium, Inverness on Friday (7.30pm).
Scotland provided Wales with the first opposition at under-21 level in 1987 at Wrexham and Wales not only won 39-19, but have now lost only two of the 16 matches against Scotland - at Inverleith in 1995 and Llanwern in 1998. Last season Wales gave their opponents a 64-20 battering at Caerphilly.
Coach Chris Davey and his assistant Kevin Hopkins have had success in this season's Six-Nations by beating Italy at Benevento by 27-16 and England at Neath by 35-9, while Scotland have lost 13-5 against Ireland in Dundee and by 37-14 to France at Vichy.
Centre David Bishop (Bridgend) came off against England and broke down again in training, while lock James Stamatakis (Cardiff) was injured in a match against Neath last Saturday.
However, Gavin Henson is available and with Johnny Vaughton moving inside, there is a first start for Will Kershaw-Naylor of Bristol, formerly from Monmouth, on the right wing.
Jonathan Thomas moves from No 8 to lock to replace Stamatakis and James Malpas of Cardiff is fit to return in the back row, with Nathan Brew brought back on the bench, where Cardiff lock James Goode, son of the former Wales under-16 coach Roger Goode, makes a first appearance.
Scotland include Jonathan Rimmer of Pontypridd at full back after two replacement appearances, but despite five changes overall, they keep the same 22 players that lost in France last month - their eighth succussive loss.
Teams. Wales: G Swales (Swansea); W Kershaw-Naylor (Bristol), J Vaughton (Swansea), G Henson (Swansea), M Nuthall (Pontypridd); N Robinson (Cardiff), M Phillips (Llanelli); P James (Neath, capt), K Crawford (Ebbw Vale), R Thomas (Newport), B Griffiths (Llanelli), J Thomas (Swansea), M Lewis (Pontypridd), R Pugh (Swansea), J Malpas (Cardiff). Replacements: N Brew (Newport), S Williams (Newport), R Richards (Neath), G Morris (Pontypridd), H Bennett (Swansea), J Goode (Cardiff), R Sowden-Taylor (Cardiff). Scotland: J Rimmer (Pontypridd); N Walker (Borders), G Morrison (Glasgow Hawks), P Philip (Edinburgh), A Turnbull (Watsonians); A Warnock (Boroughmuir), C Cusiter (Boroughmuir); J Malakoty (Glasgow Hawks), J Henry (Leicester), G Cross (Heriots FP), A Strokosch (Boroughmuir), M Rennie
(Newcastle), S Swindall(Glasgow Hawks), A Hogg (Edinburgh, capt), K Brown (Melrose). Replacements: F Thomson (West of Scotland), A Dickinson (Dundee HSFP), D
Callam (Hawick), A Miller (Gala), M McMillan (Stirling County),
P Goodman (Newcastle), P Boston (Tynedale).
Referee: D Rose (Ireland).
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.