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 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.
A last minute Jarrod Evans penalty ensured Cardiff Blues Premiership Select finished their British and Irish Cup campaign on a high, with a 24-21 victory over London Scottish at Athletic Ground on Friday.