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)
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.