Alessandro Troncon will extend his record as the most capped player when Italy host Wales in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash at the Flaminio stadium.
The Benetton Treviso scrum half will make his 87th appearance for the Azzurri this weekend.
"It is a very significant game for me because I will extend the highest record of appearances with the national team," said Troncon.
"It's even more special considering it is a Six Nations game that is very important for us after our defeat against Ireland."
The 31-year-old missed last year's tournament through injury but has returned in style helping the Azzurri achieve much praise following their inspiring performance in last weekend's 28-17 defeat against Ireland.
Troncon knows Italy face a challenging task against Wales, who beat world champions England in their opening RBS 6 Nations game.
"Wales are a team that have a lot of rhythm in their play," said Troncon.
"They are very strong but their main characteristic they have proved in the past few years is their fast play."
After losing their Under-20s Six Nations crown to England Under-20s in a thrilling final round, France Under-20s lock Tristan Labouteley insists his side will be out for revenge at this year's Junior World Championship.