Hoani MacDonald and Ashley Smith both make their returns from injury to start for the Dragons side against Rugby Calvisano in Italy for the crucial Heineken Cup qualification match on Friday (9pm local time)
Jason Tovey replaces Martyn Thomas at fullback whilst Japanese international James Arlidge comes in at ten and Rory Sidey joins Smith in the centres.
Newport Gwent Dragons
Jason Tovey, Gareth Wyatt, Rory Sidey, Ashley Smith, Richard Fussell, James Arlidge, Wayne Evans, Adam Black, Tom Willis (capt.), Rhys Thomas, Hoani MacDonald, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Craig Hill, Lewis Evans
Steve Jones, Nigel Hall, Grant Webb, Andrew Hall, Alex Walker, Aled Brew, Martyn Thomas
Luke Mclean, Winston Mafi, Matteo Pratichetti, Gonzalo Garcia, Ludovico Nitoglia, Gerard Fraser, Paul Griffen, Alistair Mckenzie, Leonardo Ghiraldini (Cap.), Hoani Tui, Piero Sidoli, Cameron Treloar, David Dal Maso, Aaron Persico, Alessandro Zanni.
Benjamin Evans Tommaso D'Apice, Valerio Bernabo, Nicola Cattina, Pino Patelli, Giovanni Raineri, Paolo Buso.
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'.