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.
The Welsh Rugby Union has awarded a unique 'President's Cap' to a specific group of players who represented their country between 1945 and 1979, but missed out on international recognition at the time.
Prabhat Mathema, the WRU's National Medical Manager explains the four part Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment process the IRB has devised that is being implemented throughout the Dove Men Series and in the LV= Cup this season, which includes the provision for a five minute temporary substitution to allow an assessment to take place.