Wales coach Steve Hansen has made three changes to his 22 man squad for the Lloyds TSB Six Nations match with Italy at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday 2 March (kick-off 2.00 pm).
Llanelli second row Chris Wyatt has recovered from the ankle injury that ruled him out of the match against France and is named in the squad, replacing Cardiff's Craig Quinnell who is out with knee damage.
Iestyn Thomas, the Ebbw Vale prop who broke a toe in the match against Tonga back on 17 November, takes over from Duncan Jones (Neath) with Neath flanker Brett Sinkinson coming in on rota for Gavin Thomas (Bath Rugby).
WALES SQUAD (v Italy)
Backs: Kevin Morgan (Swansea), Rhys Williams (Cardiff), Dafydd James (Bridgend), Craig Morgan (Cardiff), Tom Shanklin (Saracens), Andy Marinos (Newport Rugby), Iestyn Harris (Cardiff), Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Rob Howley (Cardiff), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli). Forwards: Iestyn Thomas (Ebbw Vale), Spencer John (Cardiff), Chris Anthony (Newport Rugby), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Barry Williams (Neath), Ian Gough (Newport Rugby), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli), Andy Moore (Swansea), Brett Sinkinson (Neath), Nathan Budgett (Bridgend), Martyn Williams (Cardiff),Scott Quinnell (Llanelli, captain).
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.