Italy Coach John Kirwan has replaced centre Matteo Barbini and number eight Scott Palmer with Andrea Masi and Carlo Checchinato after losing to Ireland last Saturday. Santiago Dellape comes in at second row to accommodate for Checchinato's switch to the base of the scrum. Checchinato faces a late fitness test on a calf muscle, but the veteran will be keen to play in order to become Italy's most-capped international with eighty-four appearances.
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.