Dragons centre Ashley Smith will wear the captain's armband on Thursday as he leads the Men of Gwent in their friendly against Worcester at Sixways (7:30pm)
"Ashley is one of our Academy products who has come through the system and has very good leadership qualities," said Head Coach Paul Turner. "He captained the region against Gloucester in the EDF Cup and led the side admirably."
The match gives vital pitch-time for the squad in the run-up to their Magners League clash against Connacht at Rodney Parade on 26 April (5:05pm).
Jason Tovey moves to fullback and James Arlidge takes on the number ten shirt whilst Duane Goodfield could make his first appearance of the season from the bench, as captain Tom Willis is rested alongside Welsh international Luke Charteris.
"Automatic qualification for the Heineken Cup is our aim going into these final matches of the season and the Connacht game is going to be crucial," added Turner.
"Postponed matches and the Six Nations have left our players in need of game time and this fixture is a perfect opportunity to prepare for Connacht."
Dragons Team for Worcester: Jason Tovey, Richard Fussell, Rhodri Gomer-Davies, Ashley Smith (Capt), Aled Brew, James Arlidge, Wayne Evans, Huw Gustafason, Steve Jones, Rhys Thomas, Adam Jones, Sean Tomes, Hoani Macdonald, Grant Webb, Joe Bearman.
Replacements From: Duane Goodfield, Nigel Hall, Jamie Corsi, Andrew Hall, Dan Lydiate, Jamie Ringer, Lewis Evans, Alex Walker, Shaun Connor, Rory Sidey, Gareth Wyatt, Martyn Thomas, Kevin Morgan.
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.