Wales Under 18 take on Italy on Sunday at Aberavon (1pm) in the second match of their Six Nations campaign. The youngsters were the only side to come away from a trip to France last weekend with a win (27-15) and they are looking to build on that result this weekend.
Wales Under 18 head coach Simon King said, "The boys played extremely well to beat a very well organised French side by four tries to nil.
"However, we can't take anything for granted this weekend. Italy will be a very big, physical encounter and we will prepare accordingly for the challenge. Unfortunately we have lost Aberavon centre Ben John and prop Daniel Evans through injury but it will be interesting to see how other players fare.
"Our job is to prepare elite, young players for the future of our game and it is important for these players to remember this is only the first rung on the international ladder."
Wales travel to Italy next month for games against Scotland and Ireland, before returning to Wales to play England on April 26.
Wales Under 18 v Italy, Sunday 22 March, Talbot Athletic Ground (1pm):
Tom Prydie (Ospreys); George North (Gogledd), Dale Ford (Scarlets), Jack Gadd (Exiles), Luke Williams (Scarlets); Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Aled Davies (Scarlets); Rowan Jenkins (Scarlets), Ieuan Davies (Blues), Rhodri Jones (Dragons), Lloyd Peers (capt, Ospreys), Macauley Cook (Blues), Edward Siggery (Scarlets), Thomas Young (Blues), David Barry (Blues).
Replacements from: Lewis Smout (Blues), Gareth Harvey (Ospreys), Will Taylor (Ospreys), Luke Hamilton (Scarlets), Ben Thomas (Ospreys), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Grant Rogers (Dragons), Adam Jones (Dragons), Eli Walker (Ospreys)
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'.