Head coach Rob Moffat welcomes back three Scotland internationalists, including Mike Blair, into Edinburgh's starting line-up for the Magners League visit of Scarlets at Murrayfield on Friday (KO 7.30pm).
Three other players, who featured in the RBS 6 Nations triumph in Ireland, are named amongst the replacements.
Blair has been chosen to captain the side containing Nick De Luca and Alan MacDonald while Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen and Jim Hamilton will begin the match riding pine.
Moffat admits he is pleased to bring the six immediately back into his plans and believes that extra level of competition for places will push the squad forward towards qualifying for the play-offs.
Moffat said: "It is good to see our internationalists back available following that good win in Ireland - that is a positive for us. What we want to do between now and the end of the season is to keep everything as competitive as possible in our squad.
"With two players challenging for every spot that is how we will get the most out of our season. The onus is on everybody to perform well - our progress so far this season has been a real squad effort."
After recovering from a minor knee injury, Jim Thompson, who has already scored two tries so far this season, has reclaimed the full-back berth and Moffat says he is keen to see what the 25-year-old will offer.
He added: "I thought Ben Cairns did really well at 15 against Ospreys, but it is good to be able to bring Jim back into the team. It has been a frustrating season for Jim - he has had a few injuries and not played a lot of rugby. But he is now fully fit and I'm looking forward to seeing him play again."
Following Thompson's reintroduction into the side, Ben Cairns returns to his familiar role of outside centre and, after scoring the quickest hat-trick in Magners League history, wing Tim Visser joins him in the back line.
Stand-off Phil Godman - an unused replacement for Scotland at Croke Park - will wear Edinburgh's number 10 jersey for the first time since late January lining alongside Blair in a familiar half-back combination.
On the bench, flanker Scott Newlands has recovered from an eye injury while stand-off David Blair has overcome the head knock which forced him to be replaced against Ospreys.
Edinburgh 15 Jim Thompson 14 Mark Robertson 13 Nick De Luca 12 Ben Cairns 11 Tim Visser 10 Phil Godman 9 Mike Blair (captain); 1 Kyle Traynor 2 Andrew Kelly 3 Geoff Cross 4 Scott MacLeod 5 Steve Turnbull 6 Alan MacDonald 7 Ross Rennie 8 Roddy Grant.
Substitutes: Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen, Jim Hamilton, Scott Newlands, Greig Laidlaw, David Blair, John Houston.
Head coach Rowland Phillips and key front rower Carys Phillips look ahead to games against Spain and Ireland as Wales Women ramp up their preparations for the forthcoming Six Nations. The two warm-up games are a 'massive opportunity to refine the squad' according to the Welsh camp.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
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Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
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.