Scott Quinnell returns for Llanelli on Tuesday night to face Pontypridd at Stradey Park (Kick-off 7.15pm), in the dress rehearsal match for the Principality Cup Final.
The Scarlets and Wales captain has recovered from the knee problems which sidelined him for the last two weeks, in time for the Welsh/Scottish League fixture.
Quinnell missed Wales' international defeat to Scotland in the final match of the Six Nations and could only watch as Llanelli booked their place in the Principality Cup Final, with a win over Ebbw Vale at Millennium Stadium last weekend.
His return is a welcome boost to the Scarlets as they build towards a
Heineken Cup semi-final against Leicester on 28 April, stay in the hunt for the domestic league title and prepare for the Cup final against Ponty.
"Scott is a massive influence on us, just as any captain is at any club," said Llanelli team manager Anthony Buchanan.
"We are at that time of the season where it is vital we win every match
and we need everybody fit and at the top of their game. "We have won nothing yet and we must maintain our momentum on all frontsif we are going to give ourselves a chance to meet our own expectations in these games.
"Pontypridd are coming here off the back of a great victory over Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium and they have their own European semi-final as well as the Principality Cup Final to look forward to.
"They will be setting their standards just as highly as us, so we need to keep our feet firmly on the ground and just get through this week and see where it leaves us."
Llanelli have made ten changes, three positional, to the side that beat Ebbw Vale on Saturday due to squad rotation, but they still field a formidable side on paper.
Last season's U21 captain Tal Selly comes in for Leigh Davies to partner Stephen Jones who switches to the centre. Jones' position at fly-half is taken by Gareth Bowen and Salesi Finau moves from centre to wing, in place of Mark Jones who switches wings himself for the injured Wayne Proctor.
Guy Easterby starts at scrum-half in favour of Dwayne Peel and Phil Booth and Marcus Thomas come in for Martyn Madden and Robin McBryde in a double change to the front row. Chris Wyatt starts in the second row in place of Vernon Cooper and Quinnell returns to the back row at the expense of David Hodges.
Llanelli: Garan Evans; Mark Jones, Tal Selley, Stephen Jones, Salesi
Finau; Gareth Bowen, Guy Easterby; Phil Booth, Marcus Thomas, John Davies, Luke Gross, Chris Wyatt, Simon Easterby, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell (Captain)
Replacements: Martyn Madden, Robin McBryde, Vernon Cooper, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, Leigh Davies, Barry Davies.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event