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 launch the new Guinness PRO12 season next Sunday when we entertain Zebre Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and to celebrate the big kick-off we are offering a special ticket offer with Kids for a Quid for this fixture!
Cardiff Blues held its annual Sphere Solutions Blues Under-8 Tag Festival at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park at the weekend - and not even the wet weather could wash away the enthusiasm of the young rugby stars who took part!
Can't get tickets for the Rugby World Cup? Well now you won't have to miss a second of the action alongside passionate fans as we are running two special events so you can watch the big games with Cardiff Blues and in the company of some Welsh rugby legends!
One of the most eagerly awaited events of the British motorsport calendar - the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix - will return to the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, July 4 - and at Cardiff Blues we've got FIVE PAIRS of tickets up for grabs!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
New-look Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons served up an entertaining pre-season encounter as the visitors edged to victory as the countdown to the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.