Talismanic Italy skipper Sergio Parisse will miss Saturday's showdown against Wales after being suspended for 30 days.
Parisse will be free to play again on 18 March, after seeing red last weekend playing for his club Stade Francais against Bordeaux-Begles when he was dismissed for allegedly insulting match referee Laurent Cardona.
The ban, 40 days with 10 suspeneded, rules him out of Italy's remaining RBS 6 Nations games this season against Wales, England and Ireland.
The No 8 was sent off after 36 minutes of Stade's home match with Bordeaux-Begles, having scored a try in the fourth minute.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel had already called veteran flanker Mauro Bergamasco into his squad to face Wales.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.