Former Wales under-21 captain Dafydd Hewitt has recovered from a troublesome leg injury and returns to action for the first time in three months against Bridgend on Saturday (kick-off 2.30 pm).
Other injury news concerns Hooker Ross Johnston who is expected to be sidelined for four to five weeks with a shoulder injury and a neck injury will keep Michael Leaman out for up to a fortnight.
Due to these injuries Cardiff Blues under-20 hooker Aaron Fowler is named among the replacements for Cardiff this weekend.
Team: Jamie Roberts; Josh Freeman, Richard Jones, Dafydd Hewitt, Nick Gill; Craig Evans, Llyr Lane; Rhys Gill, Ryan Price, Scott Roberts, Matthew Amos, Chris Stamatakis, Gavin Lucas, Adam Powell, Gareth Gravell (captain)
Replacements: Aaron Fowler, Gareth Gunter, Alex Murphy, Dafydd Rosser, Chris Jones, Richard Davies
Let the Games Begin! Cardiff Blues launch the Guinness PRO12 season on home soil this Sunday afternoon against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 4pm) - and we are going to make it a double celebration as we also recognise the achievements of Team Wales!
First team aces Cory Allen, Lloyd Williams, Ellis Jenkins and new signing Jarrad Hoeata were all on hand to watch the next generation of stars when Cardiff Blues held a huge Under-8s Tag Rugby tournament at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Clinical Glasgow Warriors produced a devastating final 20 minutes to secure the points on Super Sunday and consign battling Cardiff Blues to a 33-12 defeat in the Guinness PRO12 opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Impressive Cardiff Blues pushed English powerhouse side Leicester Tigers all the way with an hugely encouraging performance as final preparations for the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at Welford Road.