Simon Maling (centre) has withdrawn from the Scarlets side and been replaced by Vernon Cooper.
The Scarlets have been forced into a late change for their Magners League clash in Connacht after second row Simon Maling broke down in training earlier today.
The towering Kiwi second row tweaked a hamstring which means veteran Vernon Cooper moves up to the starting squad. French speedster Yannick N'Gog moves on to the bench after spending a trial period with the region this week.
The Scarlets won two of their three festive Welsh derbies and will be looking to close the gap on those above them when they tackle Connacht at the Galway.
Despite Connacht's lowly league position, Scarlets Head coach Nigel Davies is expecting a torrid evening ahead.
"Connacht have put in some strong performances of late and are very difficult to play against," he said. "We've lost over there in the past so Friday has the makings of a very difficult game. However, the fact that we're fighting for this league focuses the mind a little bit which isn't a bad thing.
"Connacht's a tough place to go; it's a small field, normally windy and they play a basic game very well. They'll be physical as ever and they'll kick for territory so we'll have to manage that particularly well.
"We've got to be clinical in our approach and we've got to have a tough mentality."
Davies's squad is still light behind the scrum due to long-term injury absentees such as Gavin Evans, Rob Higgitt, Dafydd James and Daniel Evans. In addition, a bug has meant Wales outside-half Stephen Jones starts on the bench, and Wales wing Mark Jones is out due to an appendix operation earlier this week.
Scarlets: 15 Morgan Stoddart, 14 Darren Daniel, 13 Regan King, 12 Jon Davies, 11 Gareth Morris, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Martin Roberts; 1 Phil John, 2 Matthew Rees, 3 Deacon Manu, 4 Dominic Day, 5 Simon Maling, 6 Simon Easterby (c), 7 Johnathan Edwards, 8 David Lyons; Reps - 16 Iestyn Thomas, 17 Ken Owens, 18 Lou Reed, 19 Vernon Cooper, 20 Gavin Cattle, 21 Dafydd Jones, 22 Stephen Jones.
Connacht: G Duffy; F Carr; N Ta'auso, K Matthews, L Bibo; I Keatley, F Murphy; B Wilkinson, S Cronin, R Morris; M McCarthy, A Farley; J Muldoon (C), R Ofisa, C Rigney.
Replacements: A Flavin, R Loughney, M Swift, A Browne, K Campbell, A Dunne, M Deane.
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'.