British Lions and Wales international hooker, Matthew Rees returns to the Scarlets starting line-up for Sunday's Magners League game against Connacht at Parc y Scarlets (KO 2.05pm).
This is a game viewed by the region as a chance for the home side to restore pride at the end of the season.
Stephen Jones is ruled out with a minor ankle injury and hopes to be back next week for the final game of the season against Glasgow. Richie Pugh also doesn't make the fitness race after picking up a shoulder injury against Cardiff Blues.
Rhys Priestland comes back at outside half with Martin Roberts starting at scrum-half ahead of Tavis Knoyle, lock Damian Welch gets a chance to impress while prop Iestyn Thomas is back in the Scarlets XV.
Head Coach Nigel Davies said; "We have had a very focused and honest week and as a group got to the core of some issues regarding our last two performances which we have been very disappointed with.
"We dropped off the level of performance we are capable of and need to get back on our feet quickly and return where we have been previously this season, particularly in our European campaign which has in the main been really positive given where this group is in its development.
"We are very disappointed with our league position, and while we know we have come close to wins on so many occasions - ultimately the table does not lie.
"We want to put that right this weekend and we know we have just got to put in two massive performances at the end of the season to show people what we are capable of and to excite our supporters again going into next season.
"We need to get some respect back for ourselves as a team and for our support, which has been great this season home and away."
Scarlets 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Sean Lamont, 13 Regan King, 12 Jonathan Davies 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Martin Roberts, 1 Iestyn Thomas, 2 Matthew Rees, 3 Rhys Thomas, 4 Lou Reed, 5 Damian Welch, 6 Rob McCusker, 7 Josh Turnbull, 8 David Lyons (capt).
Replacements: 16 Phil John, 17 Emyr Phillips, 18 Deacon Manu 19 Dominic Day, 20 Tavis Knoyle, 21 Dan Newton, 22 Lee Williams.
Connacht: 15 Liam Bibo 14 Tiernan O'Halloran 13 Eoin Griffin 12 Troy Nathan 11 Brian Tuohy 10 Ian Keatley 9 Conor O'Loughlin: 8 Mike McComish 7 Ray Ofisa 6 Andrew Browne 5 Bernie Upton 4 Dave Nolan 3 Robbie Morris 2 Adrian Flavin 1 Ronan Loughney
Replacements: 16 Dermot Murphy 17 Conor Higgins 18 Eoin McKeown 19 Johnny O'Connor 20 Kieran Campbell 21 Miah Nikora 22 Aidan Wynne
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.
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