The Wales centre knows Italy will be full of confidence from their victory over Scotland and their recent brave showings away to both Ireland and France in the Championship, but he insists Wales will be on guard after their shock defeat in Rome a year ago. "Italy are a very tough team to play against and this is probably the best side they have had since entering the RBS Six Nations," said Taylor. "They have beaten Scotland and been very competitive in their other games, no one has blown them away.
"So I think they will come to Cardiff with an awful lot of confidence from their performances in Paris and Dublin and perhaps will fancy their chances of winning. We all remember Rome last season and how bad everyone felt after that defeat so we will not take anything for granted."
Similarly, Wales have also been encouraged by their recent displays, in particular last Saturday's in their 31-21 loss against World Champions England at Twickenham.
"I think we played really well but in the end England's set piece managed to exert control on the game," said Taylor. "Saying that, I think our forwards had one of their best games in open play.
"A lot has been made of the style we're trying play but that all stems from the contribution made by the forwards who make the first break."
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.