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."
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose
WRUTV caught up with Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor at the RBS 6 Nations launch and how a good crowd really helps boost the girls performance. Tickets for all three Women's home games at The Gnoll, Neath are available from www.wru.wales/tickets