Newport Rugby have made eight changes, two of them positional, for their Celtic League trip to Dublin to face defending champions Leinster Lions at Donnybrook on Friday night (kick-off 7.35 pm).
Returning to the side after injury breaks are outside half Jason Strange and props Ceri Jones and Adrian Garvey. The return of Strange to the No 10 jersey means Shane Howarth reverts to full back.
Matt Pini is missing from the squad because of a shoulder injury sustained in the defeat by Cardiff last weekend. Anoth casualty from that game is Wales centre Andy Marinos.
Matt Mostyn moves in off the wing to join Scott Williams at centre and Alex Cadwallader makes his second start of the season on the right wing.
Jones and Garvey take over from Rod Snow and Chris Anthony at prop, while Joe and Andrew Powell come into the back row in place of Gareth Gravell and Steve Ojomoh.
Newport were involved in three epic clashes with Leinster last season. They lost 21-6 and 26-21 in the Heineken Cup and were then beaten 34-22 at Donnybrook in the quarter-finals of the Celtic League.
Leinster will be at full strength for the game following the end of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign. In the absence of 10 international squad members, the inaugural Celtic League champions have lost their last four games after launching their season with a home win over Pontypridd.
Still ruled out for Newport at present are Wales A centre Jonathan Pritchard, who is recovering from a broken bone in his right foot and Wales Under 21 centre Hal Luscombe.
NEWPORT RUGBY: Shane Howarth; Alex Cadwallader, Matt Mostyn, Scott Wiliams, Luke Nabaro; Jason Strange, Ofisa Tonu'u; Ceri Jones, James Richards, Adrian Garvey, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Mike Voyle, Joe Powell, Jason Forster, Andrew Powell.
Replacements: Chris Anthony, Paul Young, Steve Ojomoh, Gareth Gravell, Andrew Wagstaff, Michael Hook, Llyr Lane.
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.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
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.