Matthew Rees will face his former club on Judgement Day
Matthew Rees will start his first match since recovering from cancer when the Blues take on his former region Scarlets in their Judgement Day II clash.
The hooker, who has 58 caps for Wales and three for the British and Irish Lions, will take on his former side in the first Judgement Day battle at the Millennium Stadium this Sunday.
The Cardiff region have made two further changes. Wasps bound lock Bradley Davies and Dafydd Hewitt, their match-winner against Edinburgh come into the starting line-up.
Rees played nine seasons for the West Wales region and will now face them for the first time since his emotional return from cancer.
The Blues have been resurgent since their captain's return, edging out Ulster at the Cardiff Arms Park before claiming a hard-fought away victory against an in-form Edinburgh.
Blues interim Head Coach Dale McIntosh hailed Rees' influence since returning from the illness.
He said: "The senior players coming back in has helped us; the likes of Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Alex Cuthbert, I think we have turned 'a' corner but not 'the' corner with recent results. We've improved and we've won two games, but it's only two games.
"We face a formidable challenge on Sunday and perhaps we will see where we really are. It's only two games we have won and we need to keep building.
"We want passion and desire from our players. We will need that tenacity and edge. That promotes accountability, firstly in training and secondly in the game. We don't players to drift through the week because what you do in training you take into the game.
"The senior players get out there and make the youngsters understand that is not acceptable. Accountability comes on the pitch when the guys are next to you on the battlefield. When he is shouting at you that is when you have to stand up and take notice."
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.