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
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose