Cardiff will be looking to improve on last season's midtable finish
Cardiff include Wales Sevens stars Alex Walker and Richard Smith in their side as they take on Llandovery in their season opener at Cardiff Arms Park tomorrow.
Walker partners fellow new boy James Thomas at half back, while Smith joins Cardiff captain Shaun Powell in the centre.
Powell is demanding more of his side this campaign after last season's disappointing finish.
"I'm an ambitious player so I'm targeting every game we play. It's a good starting block against Llandovery so hopefully we'll push on from there," he said.
"For Cardiff RFC eighth last season wasn't good enough and we've got to improve on that and we should be pushing for the top three at least.
"Our defence in pre-season is looking really strong and we've covered all areas really."
The Drovers completed the double over the Blue and Blacks last season as they went on to finish fourth and the home side will be looking for revenge this time out.
In the front five Cardiff include Cardiff Blues signing Campese Ma'afu as well as two other new Blue & Blacks, Aaron Fowler and Callum Lewis.
Cardiff XV against Llandovery:
15 Joe Griffin 14 Matt Smith 13 Richard Smith 12 Shaun Powell (c) 11 Steve Cullen 10 James Thomas 9 Alex Walker 8 Dan Crimmins 7 Ellis Jenkins 6 Reuben Tucker 5 Dan Partridge 4 Matthew Screech 3 Callum Lewis 2 Aaron Fowler 1 Campese Ma'afu.
Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Lewis Smout, Rhys James, James Murphy, Thomas Young, Sion Hopkins, Max Woodward.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.