Italy captain Marco Bortolami has warned Wales against over-confidence ahead of their RBS 6 Nations clash in Rome on Saturday.
The lock was boosted by the Azzurri's performance in the 28-17 defeat to Ireland at the Stadio Flaminio last weekend.
And the 24-year-old insisted his side are not daunted by the clash against Mike Ruddock's men, who are still on a high after their thrilling 11-9 win over England on Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to playing this game," Bortolami said.
"After the good performance against the Irish, I believe we are ready to battle against Wales without any fear despite the sensational win against the world champions at the Millennium Stadium.
"It could be very dangerous for them to come to the Stadio Flaminio thinking it will be easy. Most people are underestimating us but we are doing well in this Six Nations."
Bortolami believes Italy will need to stop a back-line featuring the likes of dazzling winger Shane Williams and full-back Gareth Thomas if they are to overcome Wales.
"Certainly they (Wales) have changed a lot since the World Cup," he added. "They are more determined and the back-line is one of the strongest around at present.
"They are formidable in the three-quarter line when they are attacking with two big wingers. I believe it will be key to stop players like Shane Williams and Gareth Thomas, who are among the strongest and most technically-gifted players in their team. Gavin Henson is also a real threat."
Italy coach John Kirwan has been dealt a blow in the build-up to the match, with Gonzalo Canale sustaining a shoulder injury in training on Wednesday.
However Bortolami is confident replacement centre Walter Pozzebon will adequately compensate for the loss of Canale.
"Gonzalo Canale is important for us especially now he is forging a very good partnership in the centre with Andrea Masi," Bortolami added.
"But his replacement Walter Pozzebon knows his job and his experience will fill the empty space left by Canale."
Bortolami added that the fans will once again have an important part to play in guiding the Azzurri to victory in Rome.
"Personally, I think it is fantastic to play at the Flaminio," he said.
"Last Sunday, our fans were just unbelievable. They never stopped supporting us and this can be an incentive to beat the Welsh on Saturday."
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