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 were crowned the Welsh champions of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series on Saturday night to book a place at the Series Final on Friday, August 8 - and you can join them with tickets on sale NOW!
In its sixth year the Blues Cup once again showed to be huge hit throughout the region and is a great advert for the community game as each of the six finalists across the three age groups produced rugby of an outstanding level resulting in 14 tries.
Inspired Cardiff Blues enjoyed Judgement Day at the Millennium Stadium as they secured a tense 17-13 win over regional rivals Scarlets in a feisty and enthralling encounter in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Easter Sunday.