David Young has named a starting XV to face Gloucester that shows six changes to the team that cruelly lost to Leinster last weekend.
In the backs, Young has made one change, with Jamie Roberts coming in at inside centre and Tom Shanklin moving to outside centre. In the forwards there is a completely new front row with Gethin Jenkins, Gareth Williams and Gary Powell all starting. Scott Morgan comes into the second row in place of injured captain, Paul Tito. While in the back row Martyn Williams also returns to the side having recovered from a shoulder injury. He will also captain the team.
Following on from Gareth Williams last weekend, Jamie Robinson will become the latest player to reach 100 games for the Cardiff Blues if he comes off the bench in Kingsholm. The popular centre was voted 'Player of the Year' in 2003-2004 by the supporters' club and scored 14 tries over the course of the season. He is celebrating his testimonial season with the Cardiff Blues having spent over 10 years at the Arms Park.
The Blues are in the driving seat in the group having won four out of four, including a 37-24 bonus point victory over Gloucester in the Millennium Stadium. The Blues know it will be a tougher proposition up in Kingsholm but can take confidence from their Heineken Cup away win in Biarritz. Next Friday they face Italian Champions Calvisano at the Arms Park and the Blues have a special offer of terrace tickets for only £10. The offer expires 11am Monday 19 January.
15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 Gareth Thomas
13 Tom Shanklin
12 Jamie Roberts
11 Tom James
10 Nicky Robinson
9 Jason Spice
1 Gethin Jenkins
2 Gareth Williams
3 Gary Powell
4 Deiniol Jones
5 Scott Morgan
6 Maama Molitika
7 Martyn Williams (Capt)
8 Andy Powell
Replacements 16 Taufa'ao Filise
17 Rhys Thomas
18 Bradley Davies
19 Xavier Rush
20 Darren Allinson
21 Ceri Sweeney
22 Jamie Robinson
The weekend starts with us tonight as Cardiff Blues face Ulster Rugby in the Guinness PRO12 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and there is still time for you to join the biggest and best Friday night party!
Thank Blues it's Friday! The weekend will be starting HERE on Friday night as Cardiff Blues tackle Ulster in the Guinness PRO12 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and we want you to be our guest at our big match day party!
Let the Games Begin! Cardiff Blues launch the Guinness PRO12 season on home soil this Sunday afternoon against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 4pm) - and we are going to make it a double celebration as we also recognise the achievements of Team Wales!
First team aces Cory Allen, Lloyd Williams, Ellis Jenkins and new signing Jarrad Hoeata were all on hand to watch the next generation of stars when Cardiff Blues held a huge Under-8s Tag Rugby tournament at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Clinical Glasgow Warriors produced a devastating final 20 minutes to secure the points on Super Sunday and consign battling Cardiff Blues to a 33-12 defeat in the Guinness PRO12 opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
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.