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
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.