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
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.