Wales centre Andy Marinos, Italian international full-back Matt Pini and wing Andy Wagstaff are all back in Newport's twenty-two to face Edinburgh in the opening match in Pool 5 of the Heineken Cup at Meadowbank on Frdiay night (kick-off 7.30 pm).
Newport notched their first away win in the Heineken Cup in their opening game of last season's campaign when they went to Newcastle and beat the then English Cup holders 34-21.
Edinburgh have lost only one game to date this season, at home to Munster in the Celtic League, and have a 43.75% success rate in the tournament.
"I am confident we can go here and win, and importantly I think the players are too. said Newport coach Richard Hill.
"The morale and the enthusiasm of the players over the last couple of weeks has been excellent- despite of the results." added Hill.
NEWPORT RUGBY: Shane Howarth; Andrew Wagstaff, Matt Mostyn, Andy Marinos, Luke Nabaro: Jason Strange, Ofisa Tonu'u; Rod Snow, James Richards, Chris Anthony, Simon Raiwalui (captain), Mike Voyle, Gareth Gravell, Jason Forster.Joe Powell
Matt Pini, Dale Burn, Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Andy Powell, Steve Ojomoh
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.