Elsewhere, fullback Lee Byrne starts in place of Garan Evans at 15, while Liam Davies of the Scarlets Academy features on the bench. "This one game in isolation has halted us to a certain extent as ideally we would have wished to continue the winning momentum from Munster," Scarlets Coach Nigel Davies told the club's website. "But it has given us the opportunity to re-focus on other aspects of the game and we'll be looking to transport our preparation to performance on Friday night. "It will be a very physical battle, we've had close encounters with Connacht in the past; they're a well respected outfit who always perform well and efficiently and are very capable of snatching results. We know that we need to match them physically with a mental edge to return from Athlone with a win" Nigel Davies.
Scarlets Team: 15. Lee BYRNE; 14. Aisea HAVILI; 13. Matthew J WATKINS; 12. Salesi FINAU; 11. Tal SELLEY; 10. Gareth BOWEN; 9. Mike PHILLIPS; 1. Phil JOHN; 2. Matthew REES; 3. John DAVIES; 4. Vernon COOPER; 5. Chris WYATT; 6. Jonathan MILLS; 7. Gavin THOMAS; 8. Andy POWELL; Replacements:
16. Dorian WILLIAMS; 17. Aled GRAVELLE; 18. Adam JONES; 9. Ian BOOBYER; 20. Liam DAVIES; 21. Arwel THOMAS; 22. Mark TAYLOR
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.
Defending champions Coleg Sir Gar reached their second consecutive Millennium Stadium final as they defeated Coleg Gwent in the WRU Wednesday Under 18 play-off. Watch highlights of their narrow 10-8 win here.