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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.