Conor O'Shea has warned Wales to expect a different Italy side in the Six Nations
Wales have won their last 10 matches against the Azzuri and averaged a try every 10 minutes in their last two Six Nations meetings.
But O'Shea, whose rebuilding of Italian rugby included victory over South Africa in the autumn, believes Rob Howley's men are in for shock if they think they will have it all their own way.
O'Shea reckons Wales will be in for the shock of their lives in Rome
"They will come knowing and recognising we are going to be a different side," said O'Shea, who has included 10 of the starting line-up that accounted for the Springboks in November.
"They have given us a tough time in recent years. What we want them to do is leave the field thinking this is a different Italy. We want to make sure we start to earn back their respect."
Sergio Parisse will win his 122nd Italy cap against Wales
Six Nations 2016 in pictures
Sun, March 20, 2016
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Express Sport brings you all the best pictures from the 2016 Six Nations Championship, where England achieved their first Grand Slam since 2003
Skipper Sergio Parisse will win his 122nd cap, packing down in a back-row that includes Six Nations debutant Maxime Mbanda.
Edoardo Gori returns at scrum-half while in-form Exeter centre Michele Campagnaro is kept on the bench by the midfield partnership of Luke McLean and Tommaso Benvenuti.