Tom Willis returns for his first taste of Heineken Cup rugby for the Dragons against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.
Dragons skipper Willis was rested for their EDF Energy Cup win over Newcastle Falcons last weekend.
But the New Zealand hooker is back to lead the Gwent region for their European opener in Pool 5.
Willis said: "It's great to be back for arguably the finest rugby tournament around and one in which we truly will be tested by some of the finest teams in Europe.
"We've got a very challenging pool but our preparation has been good and has put an extra spring in the lads step and brought an extra edge to training.
"It was great last week for the team to grind out another win and continue to build the momentum we've gained so far."
Wales prop Rhys Thomas, lock Luke Charteris and fly-half James Arlidge also return for the clash at Rodney Parade.
Newport Gwent Dragons: Forwards: Steve Jones, Aaron Coundley, Andrew Hall, Adam Jones, Joe Bearman, Rhys Thomas, Lewis Evans, Luke Charteris, Colin Charvis, Adam Black, Tom Willis (captain), Grant Webb, Dan Lydiate, Ricahrd Parks, Jamie Ringer. Backs: Gareth Wyatt, Phillip Dollman, Wayne Evans, Marc Stcherbina, Robert Lewis, Rory Sidey, Richard Fussell, Jason Tovey, Shaun Connor, James Arlidge, Ashley Smith, Rhodri Gomer Davies, Tal Selley.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
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'.