Danny Wilson says building strength in depth in the Wales Under 20 squad is vital if they are to have success at the next Junior World Championship.
Italy have got a big pack of forwards and play in a similar way to their senior side
Wales have won both of their Six Nations games so far but despite impressive victories over Ireland and France, Wilson has made five changes for Friday's clash with Italy.
Llandovery's Aaron Warren starts on the wing with Jordan Williams coming in at full back for Dion Jones. Centre Thomas Pascoe and forwards Gareth Thomas and Ethan Lewis also get their first starts of the tournament.
"We need to get players used to international rugby so that when the Junior World Championship comes up, we know what depth we've got," said Wilson.
"These changes are in no way gambles. They're good players, have been playing well and I'm sure they'll take their chance with both hands.
"The depth of the squad is the most important thing. Jordan has played some great rugby for the Scarlets while Gareth was part of the last squad. Nicky Smith has gone well in the last two games but Gareth gets a chance as he's now fit."
The classy 13-27 win away to France means Wales top the Six Nations table with two games played. The win was far from straightforward though as France fought back in the second half and Wilson is expecting more of the same in Italy on Friday night.
Ellis Jenkins again leads the side with Rhodri Williams and Sam Davies continuing at half back.
"The important thing was to come away with a win, we knew we'd come under pressure and the same will happen on Friday," Wilson added.
"Italy have got a big pack of forwards and play in a similar way to their senior side.
"They didn't travel well to Scotland but they're a passionate bunch on their own ground so we know we're going to a tough venue to play a good side.
"When we played Italy last year we won with an interception try in the last minute of the game so we're under no illusions as to what we're up against."
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.