The Cardiff Blues travel to the RDS in Dublin to face the Heineken Cup champions Leinster with 10 players missing.
Gareth Cooper, Leigh Halfpenny, Tom James, Jamie Roberts, Tom Shanklin, Bradley Davies, Gethin Jenkins, Andy Powell, Martyn Williams and Sam Warburton have all been called up to the Wales Squad for Invesco Perpetual Series.
Despite recording a 20 point to 12 win over the Ospreys last weekend the Blues know it will be a big challenge out in Dublin, having not won an away fixture so far this season and Leinster unbeaten in their last four matches with Cardiff Blues.
Leinster's four game winning run in the Magners League came to a halt with the 14-16 reversal at Ulster on Friday while the Blues have won two of their last three matches in the Magners League.
With hookers T Rhys Thomas and Gareth Williams and Number 7 Robin Sowden Taylor out injured, young hooker Rhys Williams makes his first start for the Blues, while Ben White also makes his first start of the season at Openside Flanker.
15 Ben Blair 14 Richard Mustoe 13 Gareth Thomas 12 Gavin Evans 11 Chris Czekaj 10 Sam Norton Knight 9 Richie Rees
1 Darren Morris 2 Rhys Williams 3 Taufa'ao Filise 4 Deiniol Jones 5 Paul Tito (C) 6 Scott Morgan 7 Ben White 8 Xavier Rush
16 Rhys James 17 Gary Powell 18 James Down 19 Josh Navidi 20 Darren Allinson 21 Ceri Sweeney 22 Dafydd James
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.