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
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.