David Young has selected the Cardiff Blues side to face former Heineken Cup finalists Biarrtiz Olympique on Friday.
Wales internationals Leigh Halfpenny, Tom Shanklin, Andy Powell, Martyn Williams and Gethin Jenkins all return to the starting XV with Robin Sowden Taylor and Tom James on the bench.
Speaking ahead of the match David young said, "The Wales players are coming back battered, bruised and certainly mentally and physically drained. But they all desperately want to play in this game."
"They were a big part of our efforts prior to the internationals. They helped us get where we are now after a good start in the Heineken Cup."
Tickets for the match are selling fast with less than 200 stand tickets available. The Blues are advising supporters to purchase their tickets in good time ahead of the match, to avoid delay or disappointment on the night of the match.
Tickets for the match are available to purchase online at www.cardiffblues.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office on 029 2030 2030
Cardiff Blues: 15 Ben Blair 14 Leigh Halfpenny 13 Jamie Robinson 12 Tom Shanklin 11 Gareth Thomas 10 Nicky Robinson 9 Jason Spice 8 Andy Powell 7 Martyn Williams 6 Maama Molitka 5 Paul Tito 4 Deiniol Jones 3 Gary Powell 2 Gareth Williams 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements: 16 Taufa'au Filise 17 T Rhys Thomas 18 Scott Morgan 19 Robin Sowden Taylor 20 Darren Allinson 21 Ceri Sweeney 22 Tom James
Biarritz Olympique: 15 Marcelo Bosch 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya 13 Philippe Bidabe 12 Damien Traille 11 Ilikena Bolakoro 10 Julien Peyrelongue 9 Fabien Cibray 1 Fabien Barcella 2 Benjamin Noirot 3 Mosese Moala 4 Jérôme Thion 5 Trevor Hall 6 Peïo Som 7 Mohammed Dridi 8 Imanol Harinordoquy
Replacements: 16 Benoit August 17 Eduard Coetzee 18 César Damiani 19 Wenceslas Lauret 20 Romain Cabannes 21 Benjamin Thiery 22 Laurent Tranier
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.