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
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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.