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
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.