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
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.