There is also a place in the squad for recent arrival and Air New Zealand Cup winner, Casey Lualua.
The Blues recorded a 58-0 victory against Connacht at home last season, but after home defeats against London Irish and the tourists Australia, the Blues will be keen to record a win against the basement club.
Captain Paul Tito said,
"Connahct are a very dogged team, they may not be as flashy or flamboyant as other teams, but they do the basics very well. They have a strong set piece and like to dog wins out which they do very effectively.
"We were all disappointed to lose out there (Galway) in September, in what was a very tight encounter, so hopefully we will get one back on them this weekend.
"Its been a fairly disappointing start to our Magners League campaign this year, with games not going our way, however this has not been through a lack of trying or hard work by all the coaches and players.
"We've welcomed Casey Lualua to the squad and he will be a good addition to the team. I've played against him once or twice back in New Zealand so know what a quality player he is.
"We are quite strong in midfied already so hopefully it will be a real scrap for selection which will bring out the best in all players competing in those positions.
"I hope we can put in a good performance, so the fans can get behind us and we'll come away with the win that will give us some much needed Magners League points."
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CARDIFF BLUES; BEN BLAIR, RICHARD MUSTOE, CASEY LAULALA, TOM SHANKLIN, TOM JAMES, SAM NORTON-KNIGHT, GARETH COOPER, GETHIN JENKINS, T RHYS THOMAS, FAAO FILISE, DEINIOL JONES, PAUL TITO (C), SAM WARBURTON, MARTYN WILLIAMS, XAVIER RUSH
REPLACEMENTS; RHYS WILLIAMS, GARY POWELL, SCOTT MORGAN, ANDRIES PRETORIUS, RICHIE REES, CERI SWEENEY, GARETH THOMAS