One of Europe's greatest sporting weekends is underway as a packed house at the BT Sports Cardiff Arms Park witnessed Northampton Saints defeat Bath Rugby 30-16 in a gripping and historic Amlin Challenge Cup final at the home of the Blues.
Fans from all over Europe have been flocking to the Welsh capital to savour a unique celebration of club rugby.
And that kicked off with an all-English Amlin Challenge Cup confrontation featuring Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints.
The game was a first major rugby final on an artificial pitch and saw Saints clinch a third European title at the Arms Park.
A galaxy of international stars will now take centre stage at the atmospheric Millennium Stadium for Saturday's Heineken Cup decider between RC Toulon and Saracens.
Both matches - which feature players from as many as 15 nations including luminaries of the global game - will be broadcast in more than 150 countries as the world watches the home of the Blues and the Millennium Stadium shine in the global spotlight.
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.
Second half tries from Dan Tuohy and Ian Humphreys saw Ulster claim the Friday night points on offer as Cardiff Blues suffered a 26-9 defeat to the impressive Irish province 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.