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
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.