Wales captain Scott Quinnell will face the Welsh All Blacks and then miss the next two Celtic League matches, at home to Ebbw Vale and away in Edinburgh, after opting for surgery on his troublesome nose.
The big No 8 has suffered from regular nose-bleeds since he took a knock on his hooter during the British Lions tour of Australia.
He will be out for two weeks, but the Scarlets have Dave Hodges back after his duties for the United States team.
Coach Gareth Jenkins said: "It is a great blow to the side to lose someone of the calibre of Scott, but we have a strong squad to choose from and it is best to get the problem sorted sooner rather than later."
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose