Principality Premiership champions Cardiff set out on the defence of their title on Saturday under the direction of a new coach and with a new captain.
Former Scarlets' forwards supremo Paul Moriarty has been appointed director of coaching while Rhys Shellard will be club captain for the new campaign.
Team manager Gafyn Cooper said, "Last year was a breakthrough season for us but as a club we are very conscious that we have to build on that success. Finishing runners-up and then champions in successive seasons came about only after several years of player development and establishing a positive coaching environment.
"Paul's appointment is sure to carry on that progress but everyone is aware that it will be even harder to maintain our success in the coming months. Confirming Rhys as captain, a role he took over with great success in the closing weeks of last season, is another important ingredient. He has the full support of all the squad and now we are looking forward to the big kick-off against Swansea on Saturday."
For the visit of Swansea to the Arms Park (kick-off 2.30pm), the Blue & Blacks' squad has a familiar look with only two new faces in the starting line-up.
Former UWIC wing Matthew John features in a back division that also includes Tom Slater who won Wales under-20 and Barbarians' honours before returning to south Wales from Coventry this summer.
Three other recruits, Daniel Preest, Ashley Sweet and Dan Godfrey, are named as replacement forwards while Garyn Lucas returns to the club after a year's interval.
Team : Craig Morgan; Ryan Howells, Shaun James, Darren Ryan, Matthew John; Gareth Davies, Tom Slater; Ian George, Rhys James, Phil Osborne, Matthew Veater, James Down, Jake Thomas, Adam Powell, Rhys Shellard (captain)
Replacements: Garry Horrigan, Daniel Preest, Ashley Sweet, Dan Godfrey, Garyn Lucas, Lee Jarvis, Richard Jones
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Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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.
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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.