Wales is one of Europe's top rugby sides and is traditional a power in both the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup.
Wales wing Alex Cuthbert expects the Italian team that turned up against France three weeks ago to reappear at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Wales prop Gethin Jenkins will return to Cardiff Blues following his brief spell in France.
Richard Hibbard will start his second successive Test for the first time in his career on Saturday - more than six years since his Wales debut.
Wales revived their Six Nations campaign by beating France in Paris last time out - and Jamie Roberts wants them to "raise the bar" in Italy.
Wales have released nine players back to their regional teams as they prepare for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy in Rome.
Wales insist they have prepared to face an Italy team with Sergio Parisse in it at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
Sam Warburton has been named on the Wales replacements' bench for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy in Rome.
Sam Warburton has vowed to "bat off" British and Irish Lions business to concentrate on helping Wales stay in Six Nations title contention.
Sam Warburton has praised Wales boss Rob Howley's decision to name his team a week early for next Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy.
Shaun Edwards claims it is "no surprise" that Italy captain Sergio Parisse was sent off for back-chatting to a referee.
Italy have called Mauro Bergamasco into their squad for next Saturday's Six Nations match at home to Wales.
Ryan Jones says he has wondered if he did want to be Wales captain, but is relishing the opportunity to lead in Sam Warburton's absence.
Wales assistant Robin McBryde has hailed Sam Warburton's "professional" approach as he bids to fight his way back into Six Nations contention.
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar believes he has proved the critics wrong with his performance in the win over France.
Rob Howley does not believe Sam Warburton's absence from the Wales XV to face Italy will hurt his Lions captaincy chances this summer.
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