Wales captain Matthew Rees is looking forward to the Italy clash in Rome.
Wales captain Matthew Rees has warned his players they face a backlash from Italy after their loss to England at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations championship.
The Scarlets shooker said the Italian team will be desperate to do well when they take to the pitch at the Stadio Flaminio to take on the Welsh.
But Rees insisted that his players are looking forward to the contest and know they can do well after a tough training schedule since the Murrayfield win.
He said: "We've trained hard with a lot of intensity through the sessions and the boys are looking forward to the game.
"Italy are coming off the back of a heavy defeat and we will have the backlash from that to cope with.
"We know how desperate the Italians are to do well."
But he explained that although the Welsh camp is confident they are keeping their feet on the ground. "It was great to get that victory at Murrayfield but the squad knows and I know as captain that we have to take one game at a time.
"It's a tough challenge ahead but we have a strong enough squad to go out there and do well. We know what the Italians are going to bring to the game and it's a matter of us matching them.
"It's a great crowd to play in front of and we are all looking forward to it."
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series