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
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.