Cardiff welcome Biarritz Olympique to the Arms Park on Saturday evening boosted by their demolition of Bridgend.
And Cardiff coach, former Wales captain Dai Young, has named himself amongst the replacements for the big match.
"This is going to be a big test of where we are on the European stage. We still have a lot of things to work on but we are playing the sort of rugby that will help us compete against most teams.
"We play Biarritz at home and then go to Ulster and we know we have to step up a few rungs on the ladder if we are going to compete with the likes of Biarritz," said Young.
"We have a young team that is still developing and gaining experience and, hopefully, the only way for us will be up."
Cardiff make five changes from the side that beat Bridgend. Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen and Iestyn Harris return to a back-line that includes Rhys Williams, and Craig Morgan.
Peter Rogers will play at loose-head, and in a positional switch Nack Walne moves back to the wing from outside centre.
Cardiff: Rhys Williams; Nick Walne, Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen, Craig Morgan; Iestyn Harris, Ryan Powell; Peter Rogers, Andrew Lewis, Ken Fourie, Heino Senekal, John Tait, Rob Appleyard, Dan Baugh, Martyn Willaims (captain)
David Young, Greg Woods, Adam Jones, Dan McShane, Richard Smith, Nicky Robinson, Anthony Sullivan.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.