Fly half Nicky Robinson and lock Damian Hudd, who were replacements during the match against France, replace Gavin Henson and Bryn Griffiths respectively.
Wales meet Italy for the fourth time, having won the previous matches - 78-19 at Udine in 1999; 95-0 at Newport in 2000 and 16-3 at Parma last year. Skipper Matthew Brayley and flanker Rhys Williams are the only survivors from last season's victory.
Team: 15 Gareth Swales (Swansea); 14 Liam Roberts (Cardiff), 13 Hal Luscombe (Newport), 12 Matthew Brayley (Swansea, capt), 11 Nicky Jones (UWIC); 10 Nicky Robinson (Cardiff), 9 Michael Phillips (Llanelli); 1 Paul James (Neath), 2 Adam Matthews (Neath), 3 Adam Jones (Neath), 4 Luke Tait (Cardiff), 5 Damian Hudd (Ebbw Vale), 6 Rhys Williams (Ebbw Vale), 7 Gareth Williams (Llanelli), 8 Rhys Jones (UWIC).
Replacements: 16 Matthew Miles (Northampton), 17 Phil John (Llanelli), 18 Ceiron Jones (Llanelli), 19 Bryn Griffiths (Llanelli), 20 Aled Gravelle (Llanelli), 21 Chris Miller (Cardiff), 22 Gavin Henson (Swansea)
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'.