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
Your Christmas starts here! The countdown is on to the festive season as we face our last Guinness PRO12 fixture at home this year when we entertain league leaders Connacht Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and you can be part of the big match action!
Teenage Cancer Trust will be collecting for valuable funds at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday afternoon ahead of our British & Irish Cup fixture with Nottingham Rugby (kick-off 2.30pm). Ahead of the game, we take a closer look at the charity and discover how they are making a difference...
Cardiff Blues suffered a first defeat of the season in the European Rugby Challenge Cup as a second half burst of tries from Harlequins saw the English side claim victory at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.