Talismanic Italy skipper Sergio Parisse will miss Saturday's showdown against Wales after being suspended for 30 days.
Parisse will be free to play again on 18 March, after seeing red last weekend playing for his club Stade Francais against Bordeaux-Begles when he was dismissed for allegedly insulting match referee Laurent Cardona.
The ban, 40 days with 10 suspeneded, rules him out of Italy's remaining RBS 6 Nations games this season against Wales, England and Ireland.
The No 8 was sent off after 36 minutes of Stade's home match with Bordeaux-Begles, having scored a try in the fourth minute.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel had already called veteran flanker Mauro Bergamasco into his squad to face Wales.
We look ahead to the Scotland matches in the third leg of the RBS Six Nations in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coach Rob Howley, captain Alun Wyn Jones, as well as Jonathan Davies, Ken Owens and Rhys Webb on the Murrayfield encounter. coach Rowland Phillips and Olympian Jazz Joyce look ahead to the women's game, forward coach Geraint Lewis and captain Will Jones preview the U20 game.
Wales Women head coach Rowland Phillips tells WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie his side go into tomorrow's clash against England as underdogs, but he's confident the world champions won't have everything their own way at BT Sports Cardiff Arms Park.
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The start of the Six Nations on this week's Princpiality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Coach and captain Rob Howley and Alun Wyn Jones look forward to the Italy game with Jake Ball and Jonathan Davies. Coach Rowland Phillips, outside half Elinor Snowsill and full back Dyddgu Hywel talk about Wales Women, while coach Jason Strange and centre Ioan Nicholas preview the U20 game. And find out why Snowsill had to hide her skills - or most of them!
At the official launch of this season's RBS 6 Nations at a noisy location in London this morning, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones reveals he is personally proud to be in the Wales team and is already looking forward to the opening clash against Italy which is a 'tough ask'.
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The introduction of girls-only, summer rugby has been so successful that 15 new teams have been set up at under 15, under 18 and senior level around Wales for the traditional season. The Pontypool-based Arrows are one of these, as WRU TV finds out.