Edinburgh announce their side ahead of the match at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Prop David Young will be making his first Magners League start against the team coached by his namesake.
Speaking ahead of the game, Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat speaking ahead of the game;
"Everybody knows that we haven't played well over the last couple of games, but those matches are in the past now and we must move on and rise to the challenge against Cardiff."
Edinburgh: Chris Paterson (capt), Jim Thompson, Ben Cairns, John Houston, Tim Visser, Rory Hutton, Greig Laidlaw, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, David Young, Jim Hamilton, Scott MacLeod, Alan MacDonald, Ross Rennie, Roddy Grant.
Replacements: Andrew Kelly, Kyle Traynor, Craig Hamilton, Scott Newlands, Ross Samson, Nick De Luca, Mark Robertson.
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