Cardiff Blues Director of Coaching David Young has selected the Blues team to play Edinburgh on Friday in the opening game of the Magners League, the first competitive game at the new Cardiff City Stadium.
The Blues side includes amongst the Backs, summer recruits Sam Norton Knight and Gareth Cooper at half back, and first appearances at the new stadium for Ben Blair and Dafydd Hewitt.
Up front Paul Tito once again leads the side, partnered by Bradley Davies at Lock.
There are further changes from the starting XV last Friday, with Molitika starting at Number 6 and a front row consisting of Gary Powell, Gareth Williams and Darren Morris.
Cardiff Blues Team:
15. Ben Blair 14. Leigh Halfpenny 13. Gareth Thomas 12. Dafydd Hewitt 11. Chris Czekaj 10. Sam Norton-Knight 9. Gareth Cooper
8. Xavier Rush 7. Robin Sowden-Taylor 6. Maama Molitika 5. Paul Tito 4. Bradley Davies 3. Gary Powell 2. Gareth Williams 1. Darren Morris
16. Taufa'ao Filise 17. T Rhys Thomas 18. Scott Morgan 19. Sam Warburton 20. Richie Rees 21. Ceri Sweeney 22. Dafydd James
Cardiff Blues face Newport Gwent Dragons in a massive 'all-Welsh' European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final at Rodney Parade in April - and the region is now pleased to announce that tickets are on General Sale NOW!
Egg-cellent news! 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!
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.
A powerful second half surge from new table-toppers Munster Rugby saw the run in three tries and wrap up victory over Cardiff Blues as the Guinness PRO12 season resumed at the newly-developed Irish Independent Park.