Northampton Saints wing Luca Martin, who played in the opening Lloyds TSB Six Nations match against France and was an Italian replacement against Scotland, drops down to the Italy A squad to meet Wales A at St Helen's, Swansea on Friday, 1 March (kick-off 7.05pm).
With a fitness doubt over L'Aquila wing Hernan Cagnolo, Martin is lined up to play if he drops out. Otherwise Martin will be on the bench.
The Italians have performed well this season in the Six Nations A Championship and were unlucky to lose out to Scotland with a last minute try and conversion in their last outing.
ITALY A (v Wales A)
Marco Baroni (Padova); Hernan Cagnolo (L'Aquila)/Luca Martin (Northampton Saints), Rocco Salvan (Padova), Tommaso Visentin (Benetton Treviso), Juan Sebastian Francesio (Padova); Giacomo Preo (Benetton Treviso), Juan Manuel Queirolo (Dax); Andrea De Rossi (Calvisano), Carlo Festuccia (L'Aquila), Carlo Herman Nieto (GRAN Parma), Andrea Gritti (Benetton Treviso), Enrico Pavanello (Benetton Treviso), Riccardo Piovan (Overmach Parma), Edoardo Candiago (Gran Parma), Gianluca Faliva (Benetton Treviso).
Replacements: Stefano Saviozzi (Parma), Alejandro Moreno (Worcester), Federico Minello (GRAN Parma), Maurizio Zaffiri (L'Aquila), Filippo Frati (Overmach Parma), Cristian Zanoletti (Calvisano), Hernan Cagnolo (L'Aquila) /Luca Martin (Northampton Saints).
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.