Newport Gwent Dragons fans will get their first chance to see Paul Turner's summer signings as they embark on a tough friendly mission against Worcester Warriors on Friday evening (7.30pm).
The Dragons have named six of their new stars as they kick start their pre-season preparation before tackling Ulster in the opening home match of the Magners League.
Turner has named a strong pack that includes six internationals in an effort to dominate Worcester upfront as they hope to gel before the season starts. The backs hold plenty of flair with the right mix of youth and experience as the attempt to find consistency and flow.
Dragons have spent time bonding as a team over the past month and Tom Willis will lead his men at Rodney Parade hoping it culminates in a positive performance. Head Coach, Turner realises the side maybe undercooked, but still targets a good result.
"I don't enter any game without pushing for a win, crucially I am looking for a positive performance and hope we can impress the fans," added Turner.
Newport Gwent Dragons team to face Worcester Warriors:
Phillip Price, Nigel Hall, Ben Castle, Ali McKenzie, Tom Willis, Steve Jones, Rob Sidoli, Luke Charteris, Adam Jones, Gavin Thomas, Lewis Evans, Grant Webb, James Harris, Dan Lydiate.
Wayne Evans, Danny Lee, Shaun Connor, James Arlidge, Ashley Smith, Tom Riley, Aled Brew, Richard Fussell, Will Harries, Martyn Thomas, Jason Tovey.
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.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.