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
Thank Blues it's Friday! The weekend will be starting HERE on Friday night as Cardiff Blues tackle Ulster in the Guinness PRO12 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and we want you to be our guest at our big match day party!
Let the Games Begin! Cardiff Blues launch the Guinness PRO12 season on home soil this Sunday afternoon against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 4pm) - and we are going to make it a double celebration as we also recognise the achievements of Team Wales!
First team aces Cory Allen, Lloyd Williams, Ellis Jenkins and new signing Jarrad Hoeata were all on hand to watch the next generation of stars when Cardiff Blues held a huge Under-8s Tag Rugby tournament at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Clinical Glasgow Warriors produced a devastating final 20 minutes to secure the points on Super Sunday and consign battling Cardiff Blues to a 33-12 defeat in the Guinness PRO12 opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Impressive Cardiff Blues pushed English powerhouse side Leicester Tigers all the way with an hugely encouraging performance as final preparations for the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at Welford Road.