Wales will release seven RBS 6 Nations squad players back to regional rugby this weekend in order to give them game-time before the championship opener against England at Twickenham a week on Saturday.
Ospreys prop Adam Jones, wing Shane Williams and young backs Kristian Phillips and Tom Prydie will be available for the LV-Cup meeting with the Dragons on Friday night (19.30) and Scarlets hooker Matthew Rees returns in time to travel to face London Wasps on Saturday (17.45).
Tom Shanklin and Sam Warburton will boost the Blues backline and back row respectively as they host Newcastle Falcons on Sunday (1500).
"There are a couple of players who have made recent returns from injury and are in need of game time so for them it has been an easy decision to make," said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
"It doesn't get any bigger than a visit to Twickenham to start off a Six Nations campaign and we must make sure we get our preparation exactly right.
"That means some players remain in camp for the fortnight and there are others who will benefit from seeing some senior rugby action this weekend."
English premiership prop duo Eifion Lewis-Roberts and Rhys Gill will also return to club rugby this Friday night, Gill's Saracens head to Leeds Carnegie and Sale Sharks host Northampton Saints.
LV= Cup Round Three Fixtures:
Friday, January 29
19:30, Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys (S4C)
19:30, Leeds Carnegie v Saracens
19:45, Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints
Saturday, January 30
15:00, Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors
17:45, London Wasps v Scarlets (Sky)
Sunday, January 31, 15:00, Cardiff Blues v Newcastle Falcons
15:00, London Irish v Harlequins
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.