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).
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.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.