The Dragons will be boosted by the return of Danny Lydiate to the side tomorrow night as the Men of Gwent take on the Ospreys in the LV= Cup (KO 7:30pm)
Steve Jones will play at hooker with Cross Keys number 2 Lloyd Burns providing cover on the bench as captain Tom Willis in rested while Martyn Thomas starts at fullback as Jason Tovey moves to outside half.
Ospreys back rower Steve Tandy will make his 100th appearance for the region, becoming the 11th player to reach a century of Ospreys caps.
Ospreys Coach Jonathan Humphreys said: "With 15 players away on international duty, the next few weeks promise to be an exciting time for this group of players with the challenge of the LV= Cup followed by two important games as we look to secure a place in the end of season-play-offs. It's certainly going to be an interesting time, particularly with so many younger players coming into contention during this period looking to show what they can do and stake a claim for a place.
"Our options for this game have been enhanced by Wales allowing four players to come back to us. In the case of Shane and Adam, it is clear that they need more game time after lengthy spells on the sidelines, while the likes of Tom and Kristian were always penciled in for involvement this weekend so we are happy to welcome them back.
"At the other end of the scale, we have Steve Tandy making his 100th appearance for the region and captaining the team for the first time. One of the original Ospreys, Steve has been, and continues to be, a tremendous servant to the region, and along with the likes of Andy Lloyd and Sonny Parker will have an important part to play over the coming weeks as one of the senior players in the group.
"I've no doubt that the Dragons will be looking forward to welcoming what they perceive to be an under strength Ospreys side to Rodney Parade, but we are building a squad that can compete on all fronts here and we will go into the game confident that we have the capability of going there and performing, so I've no doubt it should be good game."
Dragons Martyn Thomas, Will Harries, Matthew Watkins, Ashley Smith (C), Aled Brew, Jason Tovey, Wayne Evans, Ali Mckenzie, Steve Jones, Pat Palmer, Adam Jones, Hoani MacDonald, Gavin Thomas, James Harris, Grant Webb.
Replacements Lloyd Burns, Aaron Coundley, Ben Castle, Rob Sidoli, Danny Lydiate, James Leadbeater, James Arlidge, Richard Fussell
The Ospreys 15 Barry Davies 14 Kristian Phillips 13 Sonny Parker 12 Ashley Beck 11 Shane Williams 10 Gareth Owen 9 Jamie Nutbrown; 1 Ryan Bevington 2 Ed Shervington 3 Adam Jones 4 Andy Lloyd 5 Ian Evans 6 Ben Lewis 7 Steve Tandy (Capt) 8 Tom Smith
Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze 17 Craig Mitchell 18 Cai Griffiths 19 James Goode 20 James King 21 Rhys Webb 22 Matthew Jarvis 23 Tom Prydie.
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.