Andy Powell returns to get Cardiff back on track in the Heineken Cup against Biarritz tonight (Fri).
The Welsh region gained maximum points from the first two rounds in Europe after flying wins over Calvisano and Gloucester.
Dai Young's men suffered last month without their Wales stars including a shock 28-0 defeat to Glasgow last weekend. But powerhouse No8 Powell is back to face the 2006 finalists and re-ignite the Blues' season.
Skipper Paul Tito, 30, said: "We performed really well before the Autumn break but we came back and were average.
"It was probably the kick up the backside we needed. There is no point in us winning our first two games if we lose a home game. It will mean nothing if we don't front up. Hopefully the boys know how big this game is."
Powell will link up with Wales team-mates Martyn Williams, Gethin Jenkins and Tom Shanklin following their triumph over Australia last weekend.
Wales' new star exploded onto the Test scene with impressive, all-actions displays against South Africa and the Wallabies.
Now Blues coach Young reckons Lions chief Ian McGeechan cannot ignore his claims for next summer's tour to South Africa.
Young said: "Andy's certainly in the running for the Lions - I've not seen a better performance from a number eight in the northern hemisphere this Autumn. His ball carrying and evasive skills are as good as anybody in world rugby."
Cardiff Blues: B Blair; L Halfpenny, J Robinson, T Shanklin, G Thomas; N Robinson, J Spice; G Jenkins, G Williams, G Powell, D Jones, P Tito (capt), M Molitika, A Powell, M Williams Replacements: F Filise, R Thomas, S Morgan, R Sowden-Taylor, D Allinson, C Sweeney, T James
Biarritz: B Thiery; T Ngwenya, P Bidabe, D Traille, I Bolakoro; J Peyrelongue, F Cibray; F Barcella, B Noirot, M Moala, J Thion (capt), T Hall, P Som, I Harinordoquy, M Dridi
Replacements: B August, E Coetzee, C Damiani, W Lauret, R Cabannes, J Roidot, L Tranier
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.