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).
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.