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).
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.