Cardiff Blues start their Christmas derby matches with a first visit to Parc y Scarlets on Saturday, kick off 5.30pm.
David Young, has named a twenty two with Welsh internationals Martyn Williams, Gethin Jenkins, Tom Shanklin and Andy Powell all rested. The Blues have also rested Kiwi pair Ben Blair and Paul Tito with Young looking to make full use of his squad with three games in eleven days.
Leigh Halfpenny makes his second start for the Blues at Full Back with young scrum half Darren Allinson also starting for the third time. In the forwards, there is new partnership in the second row with Scott Morgan and Bradley Davies starting. The back row also has a new feel with Maama Molitika starting at 8, Ben White at 6 and Robin Sowden Taylor, Captaining the side at Openside.
The Blues then travel to Rodney Parade to face the Dragons on Boxing Day before playing the Ospreys on New Year's Eve at the Arms Park. There are fewer than 300 tickets left for this match and no tickets will be sold on the day, supporters must purchase their tickets in advance.
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues
Saturday 20 December 5.30pm kick off, Parc y Scarlets
15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 Richard Mustoe
13 Jamie Robinson
12 Gareth Thomas
11 Tom James
10 Ceri Sweeney
9 Darren Allinson
8 Maama Molitika
7 Robin Sowden Taylor (c)
6 Ben White
5 Scott Morgan
4 Bradley Davies
3 Taufa'au Filise
2 T Rhys Thomas
1 John Yapp
16 Gary Powell
17 Gareth Williams
18 Deiniol Jones
19 Damian Welch
20 Jason Spice
21 Nicky Robinson
22 Chris Czekaj
Warren Gatland has confirmed he will be joining the fast approaching 50,000-strong crowd at Judgement Day III on Saturday to run the rule over potential Wales Rugby World Cup squad members in the competitive surrounds of the Millennium Stadium.
Cardiff Blues are hosting a special Open Evening this Wednesday night at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to give prospective students and parents the chance to discover more about our new and exciting rugby education programme.
Our Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps return this Easter to give children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and after selling out our last two camps you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
Cardiff Blues will be celebrating St David's Day when the region faces Edinburgh Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm) - with hundreds of children invited as part of our Regional Schools Day.
Fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader - one of the official sponsors of Cardiff Blues - is celebrating after being recognised by the British Footwear Association at its annual Footwear Industry Awards.
Battling Cardiff Blues produced a second half performance packed full of character and spirit to push Ulster Rugby all the way in an absorbing Guinness PRO12 encounter at a packed out Kingspan Stadium.