Coach Byron Hayward is hoping to go one better than last season by guiding Wales to the U20 Six Nations title.
Wales lost to England in a winner-takes-all Grand Slam decider in 2013, and they kick off this campaign against Italy in Colwyn Bay on Friday.
Former Wales fly-half Hayward is adamant his team has to improve on last year.
"Our objective is to win the championship and develop for the World Cup," he said.
"We've got a lot of talented players in Wales, and our objective has to be to better than we were last year and we finished second in the World Cup and had a Grand Slam decider against England."
The Welsh host Italy at the Parc Eirias ground, which has become the official home of the U20 team.
"We really enjoy going up there - it's our home ground and we've been very successful there - I think we've only lost one game there," added the former Ebbw Vale stand-off.
Only five of the Wales team played in last season's competition - captain Steffan Hughes and centre partner, RGC's Harri Evans along with hooker Elliot Dee, prop Nicky Thomas and No 8 James Benjamin.
Wales U20 (v Italy): Afon Bagshaw (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru); Dafydd Howells (Ospreys), Harri Evans (RGC), Steffan Hughes (capt, Scarlets), Joshua Adams (Scarlets); Ethan Davies (Dragons), Tom Williams (Blues); Callum Lewis (Blues), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Nicky Thomas (Ospreys ), Ben Roach (Blues), James Sheekey (Blues), Will Boyde (Carmarthen), Scott Matthews (Dragons), James Benjamin (Dragons)
Replacements: Scott Otten (Ospreys), Leon Crump (Blues), Benjamin Leung (Scarlets), Scott Andrews (Dragons), Connor Lloyd (Scarlets), Luke Price (Ospreys), Garyn Smith (Blues)