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
Supporters who have purchased tickets and are travelling to the European Rugby Challenge Cup clash with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) are advised that some seating has now been changed for this fixture.
Supporters are advised that we will selling tickets right up until kick-off for the big home European Rugby Challenge Cup clash with London Irish - so don't miss all the action this Saturday at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Blues Rugby Camps will be back this February to given children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment and get the ideal Christmas gift for the aspiring young rugby player in your life!