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The big rugby weekend starts with the Scarlets taking on the Newport Gwent Dragons in the first Welsh derby of the season with the home side seeking their 6th victory of the season in the Guinness PRO12.

Head Coach Wayne Pivac has made six changes, two positional, to the side that secured a dramatic victory over Munster last week.

Hadleigh Parkes and Lewis Rawlins are the two positional changes to the side moving to the centre and second row respectively.

Tom Williams comes into the starting line-up as Parkes joins Regan King in the centre in place of Gareth Owen, who’s out with a hamstring strain. Harry Robinson makes a return to regional action for the first time since undergoing neck surgery.

Speaking ahead of the derby clash at the Parc Wayne Pivac said: “Much has been said about us heading in to the game as favourites. I’d imagine because of our record at home and where we are in the table that we may well be. What this game is however is a derby. When you bring a derby in to the equation anything can happen!

“Dragons like to try a few things, have some things up their sleeves and have already scored some good tries this season. We will need to be on our game to ensure we get that all-important victory.

“Our biggest game of the season now is Dragons and that’s the way we’re approaching it. We’re all rolling our sleeves up and I think that you’re seeing that the team is slowly evolving and long may it continue.”

Scarlets team 15 Aled Thomas, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Regan King, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Steven Shingler, 9 Rhodri Williams, 1 Phil John, 2 Ken owens ©, 3 Peter Edwards, 4 Jake Ball, 5 Lewis Rawlins, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 James Davies, 8 John Barclay

Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Dylan Evans, Will Taylor, George Earle, Jack Condy, Aled Davies, Dan Jones, Jacob Cowley

Wales number 8 Taulupe Faletau returns to the Newport Gwent Dragons starting XV The 24-year-old is set to make his first start for the Dragons since the Rugby World Cup campaign just a fortnight ago.

Faletau is one of four personnel changes and two positional changes to the team that took the win away from Treviso last weekend at Rodney Parade.

The back three sees the inclusion of Jason Tovey who moves from fly-half to fullback, he joins wingers Ashton Hewitt and Nick Scott. The centre partnership that was named last weekend remains unchanged, with Adam Hughes and Adam Warren retaining their places. Dorian Jones steps into the fly-half position whilst Charlie Davies is given the nod as scrum half.

The front row has no changes made to it as props Boris Stankovich and Brok Harris retain their places alongside hooker Elliot Dee.  Rynard Landman is named as skipper for this match and is joined in the second row by Matthew Screech. The back row sees Ed Jackson move to flanker alongside Nic Cudd, and Taulupe Faletau is named to play in the number 8 jersey.

Dragons team: Jason Tovey, Ashton Hewitt, Adam Hughes, Adam Warren, Nick Scott, Dorian Jones, Charlie Davies; Boris Stankovich, Elliot Dee, Brok Harris, Matthew Screech, Rynard Landman ©, Ed Jackson, Nic Cudd, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements:  Rhys Buckley, Phil Price, Shaun Knight, Cory Hill, Ollie Griffiths, Sarel Pretorius, Geraint Rhys Jones, Carl Meyer.

Two teams head away this weekend with the Cardiff Blues still on the road this time in Italy. Captain Josh Navidi will hit a century of appearances for Cardiff Blues as the team travel to Italy to face Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2pm local time).

Navidi – who made his debut for Cardiff Blues back in October 2009 – will become a centurion when he leads the team out at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.

Head Coach Danny Wilson makes a total of four changes from the starting line-up that claimed a deserved bonus point in Ulster last time out. USA international back Blaine Scully, a summer recruit from Leicester Tigers, will make his debut for Cardiff Blues after being named on the wing. Wales international Tom James also makes a return to the side for his first appearance since the opening day victory over Zebre.

Two changes in the pack see big prop Taufa’ao Filise clock up his 199th appearance for Cardiff Blues in the front row while Ellis Jenkins returns in the No.7 shirt. Josh Turnbull, the Guinness PRO12 top try scorer, moves to blindside and skipper Navidi to back row.

Changes to the replacements bench include a return for scrum half Lloyd Williams, fresh from his heroics with Wales in the Rugby World Cup, and a call-up for Italian international back row Manoa Vosawai to face his countrymen.

Samoa international Rey Lee-Lo misses the game due to personal reasons while Jarrad Hoeata, Kristian Dacey, Cory Allen, Gareth Anscombe, Cam Dolan and Gavin Evans are ruled out through injury.

International trio Sam Warburton, Gethin Jenkins and Alex Cuthbert are all rested and given time to recover after Rugby World Cup duty with Wales.

Cardiff Blues opened the season with a 61-13 win over Zebre on the opening day of the season back in September, but Wilson expects a very different challenge his weekend.

He said: “Zebre were depleted when we played them at the start of the season, but we played some excellent rugby that day and really put them to the sword with high tempo and attacking rugby.

“We want to back that performance up against the same opposition, but we fully expect them to have eight or nine internationals back in from the Rugby World Cup. They are a very different team now and beat Edinburgh out in Italy last week which shows what they are capable of. It’s the fifth game of a long stint on the road for us and one we want to get a win in.

“We have been very competitive in all four away games in Ireland and the start to the season has given us a real challenge. We now want to finish that run of games off with an away victory.”

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Adam Thomas, 11 Tom James, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Tavis Knoyle; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Matthew Rees, 3 Taufa’ao Filise, 4 Lou Reed, 5 James Down, 6 Josh Turnbull, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 8 Josh Navidi (c)

Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Garyn Smith

The final game of the weekend comes for the Ospreys who head to Glasgow on Sunday KO 2.30pm.

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: “It doesn’t get much tougher than going away to the champions but we are up for it. We know that it was extremely disappointing last weekend but you can’t afford to dwell on things like that. You’ve got to face up to the challenge, work on putting things right and do what you’ve got to do to ensure there’s no repeat of a performance which fell well short of the standard expected of an Ospreys team.

“Saying that, the reaction has been a good one, and with more of the World Cup boys coming back into the environment this week, they’ve been able to lift everybody. There’s been some straight talking and honesty, and there’s been a bit of an edge about the place. We know that we have to be better, that there has to be more accuracy and attention to detail in what we do. People have to be clear about what their role is, what is expected of them. When that clarity isn’t there, you get the confusion we saw at times last weekend.

“We are going to one of the toughest places in the PRO12, there’s going to be a full house, and they will want to pick up some points to improve their own position as they have also been badly hit by the World Cup. That should make for a cracking contest, and we’ll have to be up a few notches from where we’ve been so far this season.”

Ospreys team: 15 Dan Evans; 14 Tom Grabham; 13 Ben John; 12 Josh Matavesi; 11 Eli Walker; 10 Dan Biggar; 9 Brendon Leonard; 1 Paul James; 2 Sam Parry; 3 Aaron Jarvis; 4 Lloyd Ashley (Capt); 5 Rory Thornton; 6 Dan Lydiate; 7 Justin Tipuric; 8 James King

Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin; 17 Ryan Bevington; 18 Dmitri Arhip; 19 Alun Wyn Jones; 20 Dan Baker; 21 Tom Habberfield; 22 Sam Davies; 23 Jonathan Spratt