The Scarlets hand debuts to five new signings for their Magners League opener at Ulster.
Rob Higgitt, Sililo Martens, Kees Meeuws, Simon Maling and David Lyons will all start new coach Nigel Davies's first match in charge in Belfast.
Wales internationals Morgan Stoddart, Mark Jones, Stephen Jones and Matthew Rees also feature in a strong line-up for Friday's clahs at Ravenhill.
And Scarlets captain Simon Easterby reckons the players are in the right frame of mind to get their campaign off to a flyer.
Flanker Easterby said: "Nigel is single minded and the players have responded in pre-season training.
"He has built a coaching team around him, with Paul Moriarty joined by John Muggleton.
"Brad Harrington and Ryan Campbell have come in on the conditioning side to complement what Nigel wants to do."
Scarlets: Morgan Stoddart, Darren Daniel, Rob Higgitt, Gavin Evans, Mark Jones, Stephen Jones, Sililo Martens; Iestyn Thomas, Matthew Rees, Kees Meeuws, Lou Reed, Simon Maling, Simon Easterby (c), David Lyons, Gavin Thomas
Replacements from: Deacon Manu, Mahonri Schwalger, Vernon Cooper, Dafydd Jones, Martin Roberts, Ceiron Thomas, Nathan Brew, Daniel Evans, Scott MacLeod
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series