Nick Robinson, who missed most of last season through injury, returns to the fold after a successful summer on tour with Wales whilst John Yapp and Robert Sidoli also start.
Nick Macleod returns to Full Back and new recruits Andy Powell and Mike Phillips make their first competitive appearances after both featured in the friendly against Bristol last Friday. The Blues narrowly lost to the Guinness Premiership team despite dominating play in the second half at the Memorial Ground but the game provided a valuable run-out for the Blues ahead of the new season.
Rhys Williams (capt)
Referee: Andy Ireland (SRU)