The Lions have named a strong side for their New Zealand tour opener against Bay of Plenty next Saturday.
Experienced back-rowers Lawrence Dallaglio, Martyn Williams and Richard Hill will start. Gethin Jenkins and Tom Shanklin have been selected too, in the front row and at centre, to complete the trio for the Blues.
British & Irish Lions: Josh Lewsey; Mark Cueto, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gavin Henson, Tom Shanklin; Ronan O'Gara, Dwayne Peel; Gethin Jenkins, Gordon Bulloch, Matt Stevens, Paul O'Connell, Ben Kay, Richard Hill, Martyn Williams, Lawrence Dallaglio.
Replacements: Steve Thompson, Andrew Sheridan, Malcolm O'Kelly, Martin Corry, Matt Dawson, Charlie Hodgson, Gordon D'Arcy.
Tickets are on sale NOW for our huge opening Guinness Pro 12 fixture of the season against Glasgow Warriors - and we've frozen ticket prices this season so watching top-class rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park is affordable to all!
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.
Cardiff Blues are going green this season after launching a new European shirt with an environmental pledge - and now sponsors Wessex Garages are making sure the region is on the right road to deliver on our green promise!
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.