Gloucester's Mefin Davies will start for Wales against Italy this weekend, and Academy star James Merriman will captain the U21s team against their Italian counterparts.
Hooker Davies lines up in the front row after impressing against England last week. 21 year-old Merriman, who is highly rated by the Gloucester management team, will captain the U21s in Turin on Friday night.
The official Gloucester website rounds up all of the latest news from the full Welsh side and the Wales U21s.
Wales Coach Mike Ruddock has asked for the 'same again' after his Wales side defeated England in Cardiff for the first time in 12 years last Saturday, for the trip to Italy in the second round of the RBS Six Nations Championship this weekend
Ruddock's side, led by captain Gareth Thomas, will run out unchanged against the Azzurri on Saturday (Kick-off 1.30pm GMT).
The only change to the match day 22 comes on the bench, Ryan Jones ruled out with a shoulder injury and is replaced by lock Ian Gough on the bench. Gough will provide cover for the second row with the versatile Jonathan Thomas able to come on in either the back or 2nd row.
"We have been striving for a level of continuity with this side from the start and it is a good feeling to be able to ask the same personnel to just go out there and do it again," said Ruddock. "We have obviously taken the victory against the World Champions in good spirits, but we also know we did not play to the very highest standards of which we know we are capable."
15 Gareth THOMAS (TOULOUSE, CAPTAIN)
14 Hal LUSCOMBE (DRAGONS)
13 Tom SHANKLIN (BLUES)
12 Gavin HENSON (OSPREYS)
11 Shane WILLIAMS (OSPREYS)
10 Stephen JONES (CLERMONT AUVERGNE)
09 Dwayne PEEL (SCARLETS)
01 Gethin JENKINS (BLUES)
02 Mefin DAVIES (GLOUCESTER)
03 Adam JONES (OSPREYS)
04 Brent COCKBAIN (OSPREYS)
05 Robert SIDOLI (BLUES)
06 Dafydd JONES (SCARLETS)
07 Martyn WILLIAMS (BLUES)
08 Michael OWEN (DRAGONS)
16 Robin McBRYDE (SCARLETS)
17 John YAPP (BLUES)
18 Ian GOUGH (DRAGONS)
19 Jonathan THOMAS (OSPREYS)
20 Gareth COOPER (DRAGONS)
21 Ceri SWEENEY (DRAGONS)
22 Kevin MORGAN (DRAGONS
Gloucester's James Merriman will take over the captaincy of the Wales Under 21 when they try to follow up their opening victory over England in this season's Six Nations Championship with a second triumph against Italy in Turin on Friday night.
Highly rated Gloucester Academy player Merriman, who hails from Pembrokeshire, sat out the first-half of the 32-21 victory over the English at Rodney Parade before joining the fray as a second half replacement for try scorer Ryan Shellard.
Now Shellard gives way for the new skipper, who takes over the captaincy from fellow back row man Jonathan Mills.
Merriman is one of two changes in the starting line-up. The other is at centre, when Pontypridd's Tom Riley moves up off the bench to win his first cap in place of the injured Gavin Evans.
Coaches Chris Davey and Dai Rees have also made two changes among the replacements. Harlequins lock Ben Thomson gets involved with a national Welsh side for the first time, while Cardiff Dafydd Hewitt takes Riley's place on the bench.
The Italians managed to match their Irish counterparts on tries last weekend, scoring three, but the visitors ran out 33-21 victors in the end. Wales Under 21 have an unbeaten record against Italy at this level, notching six wins in a row.
The last time they played in Italy Wales ran our 27-16 victors with a certain Gavin Henson kicking 12 points and Michael Phillips, Richie Pugh and Matthew Nuthall grabbing tries.
ITALY UNDER 21 V WALES UNDER 21
Chieri, Turin, Friday, 11 February
15 Ricky Williams (Newport)
14 Aled Brew (Ospreys)
13 Andrew Bishop (Neath)
12 Tom Riley (Pontypridd)
11 Chris Czekaj (Cardiff)
10 Matthew Jones (Ospreys)
9 Wayne Evans (Carmarthen Quins)
1 Scott Roberts (Bridgend)
2 Duane Goodfield (Pontypridd)
3 Cai Griffiths (Neath)
4 Alun Wyn-Jones (Swansea)
5 Ian Evans (Pontypridd)
6 Chris Davies (Bridgend)
7 James Merriman (Hartpury College/Gloucester, captain)
8 Jonathan Mills (Scarlets)
16 Rhys James (UWIC)
17 Ross Davies (Newbridge)
18 Ben Thomson (Harlequins)
19 Tom Smith (Neath)
20 Aled Thomas (Carmarthen Quins)
21 Dafydd Hewitt (Cardiff)
22 Rhodri McAtee (Penzance)
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.