Hooker Craig Attwell makes his Welsh debut in the IRB Toshiba World Championship play-off for fifth and sixth place against France tomorrow at Fukuoka.
Wales have happy memories of the ground, having beaten Ireland there narrowly in their previous clash in Japan, to advance to this stage.
Wales coach Phil Davies is hoping that the fact that this will be the last time a number of players will be eligible at this age group, they will be wanting to go out with a bang.
"It is Craig Attwell's first start in a Welsh shirt and everyone is very pleased for him. In addition there are a number of players who are performing for the very last time at this level for Wales prior to moving up into senior rugby. With that in mind the whole squad is very keen to put in a fitting tribute to those players and also to get a 5th place finish at these championships for Wales."
He added: "We have looked at selection very carefully for this game - it really is an exciting challenge for the team. We have taken into account the fatigue factor and looked to bring energy into the team with a view of trying to find the right balance of players who can give us a sustained effort for the whole 80 minutes, at the end of what has been a very demanding tournament both physically and mentally.
"The 23 selected are the only fit players capable of taking the field, which is a fantastic effort by all the players and staff to keep everyone fit and healthy right to the end."
Wales: 15. D Newton 14. J Loxton 13. J. Harries 12. S Williams 11. R Downes 10. M.Jarvis (vice capt) 9. Lloyd Williams; 8. R Pitman 7. J Tipuric 6. J King 5. A Sweet 4. D Partridge 3. S Andrews (capt) 2. C Attwell 1. Owen Evans
Replacements: R Williams, S Gardiner, J Thomas, R Jenkins, A Coundley, D Langdon, J Ledbeater.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
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'.