The Wales Women's side travel to Mira for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash determined to make amends for their loss against France two weeks ago.
Wales coach Jason Lewis says the players owe themselves a big performance after the 27-5 defeat in Montauban where the visiting side were made to play second fiddle to a strong French outfit.
"We were always going to make changes for the Italy game but the changes are not related to the loss to France," explained Lewis. "The players have to show strength of character to bounce back. Our goals are still the same as we want to qualify for the World Cup," he added.
The changes include Naomi Thomas moving to full-back from fly-half, allowing the talented Awen Thomas to slot into the No 10 shirt while Pontyclun scrum half Laura Prosser gets her first Six Nations start of the season.
Gemma Hallett goes into the engine room in the second row while Claire Horgan gets the nod on the tighthead side of the scrum while Catrin Edwards has recovered from a broken bone in her foot to start from the bench.
Wales 15 Naomi Thomas (Bristol)
14 Non Evans (Cardiff Quins)
13 Clare Flowers (Bristol - Vice-captain)
12 Rachel Poolman (UWIC)
11 Lou Rickard (Woodbridge)
10 Awen Thomas (Cardiff Quins)
9 Laura Prosser (Pontyclun)
1 Hannah Roberts (UWIC)
2 Rhian Bowden (UWIC)
3 Claire Horgan (Saracens)
4 Gemma Hallett (Pontyclun)
5 Rachel Taylor (Cardiff Quins)
6 Catrina Nicholas (Cardiff Quins)
7 Jamie Kift (Bristol)
8 Mellissa Berry (Bristol - Captain)
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'.