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.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.