Cardiff scrum half Ryan Powell has won a place in the Wales A squad to face Italy at St Helen's, Swansea, on Friday 1 March (kick-off 7.05pm).Powell was a try scorer for Cardiff in their Principality Cup win at Aberavon on Saturday .Pontypridd lock Robert Sidoli is also included, while Bath flanker Gavin Thomas switches with Brett Sinkinson in the senior squad.
WALES A SQUAD
Backs: Adrian Durston (Bridgend), Gareth Wyatt (Pontypridd), Gareth Thomas (Bridgend), Matthew Watkins (Newport), Leigh Davies (Llanelli), Shane Williams (Neath), Craig Warlow (Bridgend), Lee Jarvis (Neath), Ryan Powell (Cardiff), Andrew Moore (Neath)
Forwards: Duncan Jones (Neath), Martyn Madden (Llanelli), Mefin Davies (Pontypridd), Gareth Williams (Bridgend), Andrew Millward (Neath), Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd), Gareth Llewellyn (Neath), Deiniol Jones (Bridgend), Neil Edwards (Ebbw Vale), Colin Charvis (Swansea), Dafydd Jones (Llanelli), Gavin Thomas (Bath), Michael Owen (Pontypridd), Will Thomas (Ebbw Vale)
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.