Chris Czekaj will play alongside fellow Wales internationals Craig Morgan and Lee Jarvis when Cardiff travel to Pontypridd on Saturday.
The 22-year-old wing scored 13 tries in 18 Premiership games for the Blue & Blacks in 2004/05 and won his international cap at the end of that season before he played regional rugby.
Jarvis has taken his Cardiff career points' tally to 1189 in 92 games and returns to another of his old hunting grounds at Sardis Road - in four seasons with Pontypridd he amassed 717 points.
With Roger Davies injured and Leigh Halfpenny playing for the Blues, Morgan switches back to full back with Nathan Rees, who scored 11 tries in 10 games last season, filling the wing vacancy.
In the pack Matthew Veater makes his Premiership debut and Damian Welch moves from lock to flanker while Scott Roberts and Kristian Gay form a new prop combination.
Last season the Blue & Blacks completed a first Premiership double over Pontypridd, including a 23-10 victory at Sardis Road.
Cardiff: Craig Morgan; Nathan Rees, Gareth Chapman, Luke Ford, Chris Czekaj; Lee Jarvis, Owen Ruttley (captain); Scott Roberts, Kieran Crawford, Kristian Gay, Matthew Veater, James Down, Damian Welch, Adam Powell, Nick Hampson
Replacements: Rhys James, Richard Cornock, Craig Everett, Rhys Shellard, Garyn Lucas, Gareth Davies, Shaun James
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Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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