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
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.