Llanelli named a near full strength side to face Neath at the Gnoll in what director of rugby Gareth Jenkins admitted could be a 'ten pointer', when possible bonus points are taken into account.
"Every time we play we try to select the best side possible and this is a local derby and a big game for us," said Jenkins.
"There could be 8 points up for grabs, maybe even ten with the new bonus points system and it all adds up when it comes to those vital placings in the super league at the end of the season.
"Clubs are a year older and a year wiser now in terms of the Celtic League and this match will determine whether we a chasing the pack or right up there in the thick of things.
"We can't go there and tango with Neath. We've had a chance to reflect and try and put things into practice and we're into the reality of intense competition now with the comfort zone of pre-season well behind us."
Jenkins is still uncertain who will play in the second row. Chris Wyatt reacted badly to his first full contact training session earlier in the week, but is itching to get on the field while current captain Vernon Cooper has a back twinge.
Luke Gross (USA) and Jamie Cudmore(Canada) have only just returned from international duty forcing the coach to keep his options open.
Guy and Simon Easterby provide a welcome boost on their return from international duty with Ireland and Salesi Finau has recovered from the injury that saw him replaced by veteran wing Wayne Proctor.
Llanelli: Garan Evans: Mark Jones, Matthew Watkins, Matt Cardey, Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Guy Easterby, Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Chris Wyatt/Paul Clapham, Vernon Cooper (capt) /Luke Gross, Simon Easterby, Ian Boobyer, Scott Quinnell
Replacements: Martyn Madden, Marcus Thomas, Chris Wyatt/Paul Clapham, Vernon Cooper (capt) /Luke Gross, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peele, Gareth Bowen, Barry Davies
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
WRUTV caught up with Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor at the RBS 6 Nations launch and how a good crowd really helps boost the girls performance. Tickets for all three Women's home games at The Gnoll, Neath are available from www.wru.wales/tickets