Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby David Young has selected his side for Sunday afternoon's LV= Cup game away to Gloucester (KO 3pm)
Speaking ahead of the match Young said, "The players are certainly looking forward to the Gloucester match."
"We always get excited about playing English opposition, but it's probably not the same tournament as we won last year."
"It's a little bit disappointing from my point of view that they are being played without the major international players and so on."
With 10 Blues players in the Welsh squad the Cardiff Blues squad will be tested again this weekend.
"Certainly the way I see it, the English teams are going to be affected far less than the Welsh teams."
"The Blues and the Ospreys will be affected most, but it gives the opportunity for young players and fringe players in all the squads a chance to play against quality teams in the English premiership."
"I think Gloucester will want to put the record straight after we beat them three times last season in the Heineken and Anglo Welsh Cup."
"They are probably still carrying a lot of pain from our fixtures last year and I would have thought there will be a determined group of players at Gloucester who will want to put the record straight."
Gloucester are boosted by the availability of their trio of Scotland internationals Rory Lawson, Scott Lawson and Alasdar Strokosch while Nicky Robinson returns to face his former region.
Meanwhile, it's a much changed pack as only Paul Doran-Jones, Will James and Akapusi Qera retain their starting places from Tuesday night. Scott Lawson, Greg Somerville, Dave Attwood, Alasdair Strokosch and Gareth Delve all return with Delve skippering the side.
Cardiff Blues 15 Sam Norton-Knight 14 Richard Mustoe 13 Gareth Thomas 12 Gavin Evans 11 Chris Czekaj 10 Ceri Sweeney 9 Richie Rees; 1 Darren Morris 2 Rhys Williams 3 Taufa'au Filise 4 Deiniol Jones 5 Scott Morgan 6 Ben White 7 Robin Sowden-Taylor 8 Xavier Rush (capt)
Replacements: 16 Rhys James 17 Scott Andrews 18 Sam Hobbs 19 James Down 20 Josh Navidi 21 Darren Allinson 22 Dafydd James 23 Dai Flanagan
Gloucester Rugby: Burns; Simpson-Daniel, Trinder, Molenaar, Vainikolo; Robinson, R Lawson; Doran-Jones, S Lawson, Somerville; James, Attwood; Strokosch, Qera, Delve (capt)
Replacements: Dawiduik, Thomas, Capdevielle, Eustace, Boer, Pasqualin, Spencer, May
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