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
Wales U20 duo Leon Brown and Lloyd Lewis face a busy couple of weeks ahead. Not only will they have a Junior World Championship to take part in, they are both sitting A Level exams during the competition.
Wales U20 face a tough group in the Junior World Championship with France, England and Japan lying in wait but Attack coach Jason Strange and back rower Tom Phillips are looking forward to the campaign ahead.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
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.