NIck Mallett's preparations for the meeting with Wales have been disrupted by three late injuries enforcing changes to the starting linuep.
Centre Andrea Masi has been ruled out from tomorrow's game in Cardiff after suffering lower back pain this morning.
The Racing Metro Paris player will be replaced in the Azzurri starting line-up by Gonzalo Canale, while Matteo Pratichetti will be on the bench.
Masi's retirement comes on the back of Mallett losing two forwards yesterday. Lock Carlo Del Fava and flanker Paul Derbyshire have been ruled out the Italy starting line-up for the clash against Wales in the Millennium Stadium.
Both forwards suffered muscular injuries during Thursday's training session. Gloucester's lock Marco Bortolami and MPS Viadana's flanker Josh Sole will replace them in the Azzurri starting line-up while lock Valerio Bernabò and flanker.Manoa Vosaeai have been called-up by head-coach Nick Mallett as bench replacements.
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose